Final update 2003

26 Apr, Sat: Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VA

Routes: 240, 19/23, 23, I-81

We enjoyed the spectacular mountains of North Carolina, and Tennessee, then entered Virginia in intermittent clouds/sprinkles and some sun. A good traveling day and this Claytor Lake State Park is a good one. It's pretty quiet here now. The beach is still closed for swimming, a few fishermen are having a go at it, and one young fella was having a tough time getting a sailboard to cooperate.

27 Apr, Sun: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Natural Bridge Station, VA

Route: I-81

We had planned to make the George Washington/Elizabeth Furnace National Forest in Strasburg, VA, today but elected to quit early at Yogi Bear's Jellystone CG at Natural Bridge Station, VA, and enjoy the bright warm sun.

Up to now we've been unimpressed with the few Jellystone parks we have visited, but this one is really neat and spiffy and the location here in the Virginia Mountains on the James River is superb. We took a long walk in the woods behind the park on a nice horse trail.

28 Apr, Mon: Elizabeth Furnace Rec Area in George Washington Nat'l Park, Strasburg, VA

Our sunny drive through the Shenandoah Valley was enhanced by red bud sprinkled amongst spring green and beautiful mountain vistas.

We departed I-81 to Rt 55 for a 10-mile run to this superior park in the woods. The last few miles wound along the river on a narrow road tucked snuggly between mountains on both sides.

There's plenty of room between the sites; no hookups but water and dump are available and the duffer rate is $4.50. It was a short walk to the river, and then a good visit with fine folks from Nevada (Karen and Bill Hamilton).

29 Apr, Tue: Silver Valley Campsites, Saylorsburg, PA

We're back on I-81 in the rain after a peaceful night in the woods, and soon pulled into the Flying J at Exit 323 in Winchester, VA, for a fill-up. This has been a big day as we finished Virginia, zipped across a small piece of West Virginia, drove 14 minutes in Maryland, and crossed into Pennsylvania. Another event: we departed I-81 - let's see, it's 321 miles from beginning to end across Virginia.

We picked up I-78E from I-81, took Rt 22 north of Allentown, and then Rt 33 north to this CG in Saylorsburg. The road into the CG was very narrow, and as we crept over the CG's muddy road and observed no one in the office, we wondered what we were getting. The available sites were posted so we set off on foot to see what they looked like. Found a very acceptable spot and quickly took advantage of the warm afternoon and water to wash both vehicles.

30 Apr, Wed: Gregg and Georgett's home, E. Hampstead, NH

We're up and rolling early this morning as we have our sights set on family and have more miles to cover than usual. From Rt 33, to 209, 84, 90, 495 and by mid-afternoon we were pulling into 6 Country Rd. in E. Hampstead.

1 May, Thu, The Ridge Ritz, Strafford, NH

Great to be with family but we could very happily keep on truckin'! The mileage on both vehicles for this trip totals 13,625 wonderful, safe miles. We'll be ready to head out again in the fall. In the meantime, we definitely won't be too busy to read our mail (electronic and snail) and would love to hear from you. Have a great summer - Cal and Connie

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