Fayetteville, North Carolina
Now that our time in Florida is over we have changed up our plans and we'll be heading to Indiana to get a checkup on the rig and some work done at Affinity RV Group. First we will route through Virginia, Steve's home state, where we have organized a family reunion. We had planned on being on the east coast two years ago but a couple of our kids weddings and a grandbaby sidelined us a bit so it's time for a visit! We'll be driving straight through Georgia and South Carolina along I95 with plans to arrive 7 1/2 hours later in Fayetteville, NC. One night at the Elks Lodge to sleep then we're back on the road.
W/50, $20, #4
Since we're leaving early in the morning to get to our next overnight spot before Steve starts work, we won't hook up to water or unhitch. It's a nice Elks Lodge and very quiet.
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
I had a hard time finding lodging for where we needed to be next and found a Moose Lodge that said they'd reciprocate with our Elks membership and let us stay the night. So nice of them! We arrived in Rocky Mount 2 hours later and set up.
Near our site is the old Stonewall Manor. We really wanted to tour it or at least the grounds. It was strangely difficult to get any info on this place. Websites and phone numbers were not working. The inside is supposed to be fully restored and furnished. It was built around 1830. In its prime it was a large antebellum plantation. All we were able to do was take a picture.Rocky Mount Mills used to be the second built cotton mill in 1818 along the Tar River. It is a multi-use property with breweries, restaurants, office, a hotel and events. Once again, we struck out as most of it was closed on Mondays. With craft beer exploding, the local community college offers courses on brewing. They share use of an incubator and allows brewers to brew, ferment, keg, bottle and distribute. Many unique start ups are here including, Spaceway Brewing owned by two African American women.
HERE is the one while we were there.
The Hydrangea's were gorgeous and kept my mind off the horrible heat. I suggested we stop at a nearby Dairy Queen for a Blizzard as soon as we finished!
HERE is the one while we were there.
Amanda, her boyfriend, Jeremy, Charity & CassidyThen we had dinner with Jeff, Veronica and their kids at a local Mexican place. It's been a few years since we've seen them last and they have really grown up. All are out of high school now except Cassidy.
Veronica and Alex.
Alex just finished truck driving school and will be on the road soon driving an 18-wheeler around. Congrats Alex!
The Hampton Roads Coliseum where Steve saw many concerts growing up.Then it was time to drive across the Chesapeake Bay to stay on the other side where his other brother lives and where we'll be having the Family Reunion. Driving over/through the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge/Tunnel was no problem. They have you pull over to make sure your propane is turned off and on you go. There are 3 bridges/tunnels that will take you across the bay. There was no fee to cross this one.
Newport News, Virginia
Newport News City Park
Every time we're here we have to go to Gus's Hot Dog King. One of their favorites since they were kids. It's still there and nothing has changed!
One funny thing is people love to bring old pictures with them. Look at this old one taken with Steve and his brother Mickey back in the early 80s!
It was a great week and now we are driving to West Virginia to visit with a family friend that was more like a sister to his Mom. The drive is beautiful in any season. We really want to spend one year visiting more parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Part of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Lewisburg, West Virginia
FHU, $45, #365. State Parks and fairgrounds are rather expensive in VA & WV.
This is the old gate to the property which is so overgrown you can't walk through it anymore.
Guess what we'll be doing in Kentucky?