We’re on our way to Alaska, today is day four. We left Kannapolis NC Wednesday for Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. It was an easy drive, perfect for the first driving day. We had a really nice site adjacent to Jerry and Ann, same spots we first stayed with them July 2005. It was nice to see them and share a couple of meals, a couple of beers, a couple of stories. And Jim and Jerry spent a couple hours working on the trailers together.
Early Friday morning we left Highland Haven to drive through Virginia’s beautiful countryside through Christiansburg then winding about to find I-77 north. The drive from Highland Haven to Christiansburg was a little hairy but uneventful. Thankfully we weren’t handicapped by the weather for that portion. Rain fell torrentially for later parts of our long day’s drive toward Dayton OH, but mostly we drove under cloudy skies.
Today we traveled with Charlie and Janet to Lebanon OH to visit with ham and airstream friends Jack AA8Q and Marge WD8DSN in their lovely community. Our visit and tour was great and Jack gave Jim some needed pointers about amateur radio digital modes, much appreciated.
This evening Charlie, Janet, and we went for tapas and drinks with Herman K8KOT and Gloria KD8KOT, lovely restauranteurs, at their El Mesón in Dayton. Empañadas, bread with pico de gallo, mojitos, and rice and beans gave us the needed strength to sleep through yet another night without arising for a midnight snack. The food and company were wonderful, we always enjoy seeing the Castros at their restaurant or at Hamcation in Orlando.
And now it’s time to head up the road. Debbie spent a little time today planning tomorrow’s trip. Full-timing, we don’t get too wrapped up about our route or making reservations for each night. Reservations limit us except for holiday weekends when they enable us to find a precious spot. We’ll get a good night’s sleep and look forward to sunny skies and clear roads.
We allowed enough time to drive short days and stay two nights anywhere we want enroute to Dawson Creek, B.C.. No more 400 mile days for us — we want to drive 200 miles, leave the road by 2pm, and stay at least two nights. We think we can do this, we have such good practice from other summer travels.
See you down the road,
Jim and Debbie,
chasing 75 degrees