Once we woke up, ate and caught up on email this morning we prepared to travel. We were on the road about 11am. We only planned about 219 miles today. I followed Randy the GPS and we were on two lane roads for about an hour. We took US-27 and Tenn 30 which took us North from the park and we finally hit the interstate bound for Knoxville. We passed Freightliner where I spent a month with the Ambassador a couple years ago. Then we headed for Bristol. We made a lunch stop in the parking lot at a Pilot and Bonnie got some Subway sandwiches and treats. She took over the driving duties for the rest of the trip.
|Rolling hills and a lot of traffic|
|Thats Bristol Speedway out the window|
|We were here July 4th 2 years ago|
|Nice long pull through site|
|There is a Lake at the bottom of the hill|
We have full hook ups so Bonnie is working on the wash and both AC units are keeping us cool. In a few days we will be int he cooler weather. The WiFi was not working well when we got here but seems to be doing just fine now.
It started to rain shortly after we woke up this morning. By the time Bonnie did a load of wash and we were ready the rain had stopped. We hoped to see a few of the sights around here today. First stop was Bristol Motor Speedway.
|Offices and Gift shop|
|The stands are huge like a giant football stadium|
|One of the tracks cars|
|Picking out just the right shirt|
|Working on my selfie style|
|A Pano taken with the iPhone|
Instead Bonnie wanted to go to the Bristol Caverns and look for Gems in their dirt. When we got there she asked where the dirt came from and the owner told her it came from Massachusetts. She said no thanks and we left.
We had heard about the South Holston TVA dam and it was close by so we headed over there.
|The dam was completed around 1952|
|At the top of the dam|
|Looking down the face of the dam to the power house|
|Looking back at the face of the dam|
|The resident Heron|
|One lone fly fisherman. We did no see him catch anything.|
Today was a travel day and we were just starting to unhook when I got a message, I called back and what a great surprise. Rob and Lisa Moor, our first Pastor at Goshen Baptist in Spotsylvania and his wife were 5 minutes from the campground. They live real close and took the time to come see us.
|Rob and Lisa|
We made good time no construction, but lots and lots of heavy truck traffic. That always makes for a bit of a stressful drive. Around the 100 mile mark we stopped for a quick lunch, switched drivers, and I made a quick inspection around the rig.
|The rest area was full of trucks when we pulled in, glad some left|
|We were third in line and there are 9 lanes.|
We pulled into Shenandoah Valley Campground and checked in. The owner and his wife checked us in and their son escorted us to our nice long, wide, level site. This is a Passport America Park and is half price. Its a year old and small 43 sites but very nice and convenient. The owners also own a restaurant and catering business in Lorton Virginia. They are hoping to sell that and just do the campground. They also have a hobby farm up the road. Best deal is that they serve their BBQ in a little cafe at the campground.
|This is the $9.99 rib special|
|View out the front window from our couch|
That catches us up. Tomorrow we pull out and plan to be in Benezette, PA in the middle of the Pennsylvania Elk herd. We are hoping to see lots of them. Downside is it looks like we will be unplugged from the Internet for the next few days at least at the campgrounds where we are staying. So we will post when we can. I hear the second round of rain has arrived.
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