Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
27Trip End Jul 23, 2009
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So we left our spot near the Banks and have headed inland towards Lexington Virginia, a distance of some 275 miles. There were some 'confusing signs' along the way…
As we crossed the Blue Ridge mountains, we hit fog; this was probably the first time we have driven the rig in such conditions and it required extra concentration – just ‘cos I’m not actually driving doesn’t mean to say I’m not concentrating too! Luckily it didn’t last very long.
We have passed here before, not long ago when we drove down to FL with Doug & Trish. Anyway the plan now is to camp just north of Lexington and wait for them to join us. We chose this campsite because it is very convenient for the town – Melissa, their daughter, is graduating from Washington & Lee University and we have kindly been invited to join in. We have stopped in truck stops before, usually in the early days for fuel as they have lots of room and plenty of turning space, now we are much more confident with using ordinary petrol (gas) stations. Some campers do stay overnight in truck stops, in much the same way as we use Wal Mart, but we have never favoured them for sleeping because the truckers usually leave their engines running all night so it can be very noisy.
This particular truck stop is an independent and if you take a look at their web site, you will see it does have some unique bits. www.leehi.com go to the Berkley’s restaurant section – it’s really interesting.
Anyhow we found a pitch (you see it's a campsite too) overlooking the truck stop, which as it turned out isn’t noisy from up here. The campsite seems to cater for overnighters mainly as it is just off the main I-81, it has no campground office, so to book in you have to wait in line with the truckers paying for their fuel; these trucks average 100 gallons of diesel a day by the way and they could be putting 200 gal. a time, so sometimes the queue is slow moving. Judging by the 24hr constant stream of trucks I can’t even begin to guess how much they get through a day.
Although it seems improbable we are seeing lots of birds, in fact just across the road there is a pair of nesting killdeers – now these are plovers – shore birds so I think they are a bit off track! They lay their eggs on open ground, bit daft in this location; anyway the grounds man here has placed some protective stones around their eggs. The poor birds are forever feigning injury and broken wings every time anything or anybody comes near and they try to draw the threat away. Squirrels seem to be particularly irksome. They must be stressed out all the time! We carefully – and with a zoom lens – got this piccie for you. We will watch their progress and keep you up dated; we’re nearly as stressed as them when campers take their dogs a walk!
The night we arrived there was a ‘do’ a group entertained from a permanent stage just below us, Sue the manager had warned us about possible noise –‘some people don’t like it ‘ she had said ‘come on down if you want to’…well we don’t need to be asked twice! And very good they were too, we later found out it was a graduation party for some high school students (every stage seems to graduate over here)
Malc took the opportunity to carry on with his whittling, this time with some sweet gum that Larry had cut from his front garden. What do you think?
Lexington is very pretty and steeped in history, we took a walk around (after consulting the 'very helpful lady' in the visitiors centre of course!
Doug and Trish arrived after a rather longer journey than ours and pulled in beside us. Good to be together again. We look forward to next weeks festivities.
Don't forget to check out the video from our first night at the campsite.