Just finished fillin' out the log book for my 24th annual extended extravagant backroads expedition beginning Tomorrow morning at 4:30 am. Formless spontaneous shunpiking thru the hinterlands of Va., Wva., Ky, Tenn, and NC. Following the next impulse. As the marching bars show, long gone are the heady days when out-of-pocket expenses could be kept below $28-$30 per day - food, gas, shelter and incidentals like ice, an occasional spray wash to knock the dust and mud off the truck, scotch tape for map repair and, of course, essentials like my daily course of chocolate crème filled cup cakes.
For the first 3 or 4 days I'll retrace old familiar tracks while performing all adjustments needed to shift from living in the burbs to living in my truck. Sixty five year old joints and ligaments need a bit of coaxing, you know, this trip eased by my new thermarest plus foam cushion combo called "Dreamland".
On Day 01 I'll find State Road 215 in Transylvania Co. NC heading north up thru the headwaters of the North Fork French Broad River, then north along the Blue Ridge Parkway to a favorite Inn in Burnsville. On Day 02 I'll follow familiar backroads north thru the mountains of western North Carolina ending at Raccoon Branch campground in Smyth County Va. Early the next morning Day 03 I'll stop at the Sugar Grove Diner for pork tenderloin and eggs and my annual visit with Peggy Sexton to catch up on local news from the last 12 months. After replenishing gas and ice it's north via the off-track thru Bland, Giles, Craig, and Alleghany Cos. Virginia stopping when the light fails. With a long hard Day 03 drive I might make it to the Pocahontas Campground in Pocahontas County, Wva - Greenbrier River headwaters. Back in three weeks. Play those crazy bars.
© 0639-07 Campground Sign
Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Friday 27 May 1994