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We woke up to thunder and lightning this morning but didn’t have to wait long for skies to brighten enough for us to don rain gear and hit the road.  Thankfully by our first stop for a leg stretch it had stopped raining.  And the temperature was infinitesimally less hot — cooler just isn’t the correct word in this climate.

Signs have been very entertaining on this trip and I mean no disrespect to the Nutter Brothers who were the first settlers in the area — the name struck my funny bone.

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We crossed into Virginia this afternoon and stopped at the Welcome Centre.  A great resource with maps, free wifi, vending machines, clean bathrooms and informative staff.  And I enjoyed the free peanuts !!

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We traveled through two tunnels today and I noticed that people don’t drive with their lights on here like they do at home.  Multiple signs asking motorists to turn lights on before entering the tunnels were largely ignored.

image.jpegWhytheville, Virginia was originally a strategic stop on our way to South Carolina. Driving down the Main Street we came across the intriguing looking Bolling Wilson Hotel.  Lucky for us they had a room available and it’s one of the nicest rooms we’ve had on our trip.  Population approximately 8200 and everyone is so polite asking “how are y’all doing today?”  We just love the accent here.  And for my cousin Brian the picture of Skeeters is for you.  They’ve been making hotdogs since 1935.

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After spending some time in our air-conditioned room we went up to “The Perch” the hotel’s rooftop open air bar and enjoyed the view along with a cold beverage.

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Making our way downstairs to “The Graze on Main” restaurant we sat on the front porch of the hotel.  I had an orange infused Virginian beer which went perfectly with bacon wrapped meatloaf and garlic mashers.  We had a lovely chat with a local couple and then we met Bill, the owner of the hotel.  All in all a very memorable day thanks to the kind folks of the Virginias.   The incredible scenery is surpassed only by your hospitality.

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Tomorrow we make our way into South Carolina to spend a few days with dear friends that used to live on Vancouver Island.  I predict storytelling and much laughter.

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Love & hugs from the road…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After two weeks in Ontario we packed up the bike & trailer, hugged my Mom goodbye and started the trip home.  Granted, it’s a circuitous route that is taking us south for a a few days but we’ll veer west early next week.

We passed over the Welland Canal one last time before riding into Niagara Falls to cross the border into the U.S.  Another amazingly quick crossing.  Just a few questions about where we’re headed, how long we’ll be in the States and what we’re bringing with us.  South Carolina, then home, two weeks and pretzels.

One important piece of equipment on the bike is our GPS system.  After safely guiding us across Canada and back to Ontario our faithful companion Sassy stopped working yesterday.  Thanks to Clare’s Harley dealership in Niagara-on-the-Lake they moved us to the front of the service appointments line and installed a new GPS system that is bigger and better than her predecessor.

image.jpegWith the temperature at 88 degrees along with high humidity we were glad to have frozen water bottles and Gatorade on board today.  Dark clouds provided brief moments of shade and at one point we even put our rain coats on.  Five minutes later we had blue skies so pulled over one more time and couldn’t get the coats off quickly enough.  Ewwww it was like an instant sauna.  Grove City, Pennsylvania was the perfect place for lunch and our server  recommended one of their famous sandwiches.  I had the Pitts-Burger but it should be called the Behemoth.  Burger, fries, cheese & coleslaw between two slabs of bread.  Chris had to eat his with a knife & fork.  I decided to eat it with my hands and it wasn’t pretty !!

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Stopping at the Welcome Centre at the West Virginia border we reserved a room in Morgantown.  We were told it gets very busy with university students returning and Moms & Dads here to get them settled in.  We walked into our blissfully cool room and decided to stay indoors.  It’s so handy to order food online and have it delivered.  Pizza for dinner and cannelloni for dessert !! Tomorrow we’ll travel to the other end of West Virginia and one day closer to friends Gwen & Ron in Hartsville, SC.

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Love & hugs from the road…

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