USA in the "Fall" - Autumn .... Simply Stunning
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managed to get ourselves lost, having put in the GPS an RV park, and drove about 200 miles out of our way until we realized it was not the direction we thought we were heading. So funny! It ended up being one of the best mistakes. We had stayed in the Walmart carpark & it
had rained most of the night. In the morning, the cloud was low, quite foggy & visibility average, so we decided not to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway till the following day, when hopefully the weather would be better. This road is over 500 miles in length, and there are a number of entrances on to it. We headed to Roanoke (or so we thought) we were on the freeway for a while, then under instruction from our lovely GPS lady, turned on to US250 which went over the mountains & along the most scenic road, going through little towns, farms with cows & horses grazing in the paddocks, and quaint little shops & houses with manicured lawns dotted along the way
fairyland environment & so the cycle continues. We just loved this day & took so many photos, enjoying the scenery & eventually decided we would stay in Walmart, Roanoke overnight. I checked on the IPad how far to go - on telling Mike we had over 200 miles, he laughed, saying, I don't trust your iPad, I kept checking and came to the same conclusion, at least 200 miles, it should have been no more than 40!
built in 1895 by Vanderbilt, and has 250 rooms, 175,000 feet of floor space. It was an amazing place. The ceiling in the dining room is 7 stories high!! It is now owned by the grandson of the original owner & about 1 million people visit the house each year. Back in its day, George & Edith Vanderbilt had many guests, who would stay up to a few months at a time. There were many guest rooms, and they had heaps of servants to do all the work. George built the house while still a bachelor, met Edith on a ship, they married, went to Europe for their honeymoon & then he brought her back to his 'little' house in Asheville. They had one child, a girl Cornelia. We then walked through the gardens which were amazing then went on a winery tour in the Biltmore Village, did some wine tasting, & had a cheese platter, before driving back to the home, where a marquee was set up for a David Cassidy concert at night. We enjoyed talking to a nice couple, Catherine & Mark & their daughter Kristin
I drove there, and the traffic on the way back was very busy, but I survived!! Amazing, ME driving on the wrong side of the road in peak hour traffic. We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary here, & enjoyed a lovely meal at a restaurant looking over the water. Soon it was time to head back to Orlando, to Independence RV, where we originally started our trip just over 10 months ago
the other hand we are a bit sad our trip will soon be over & it has gone SO fast. It was overwhelming as we drove through the gates of Independence RV, after being on the road the most part of a year, and now returning. It was great to catch up with all the staff, David, Mike, Chris, Dan & Chuck who had said goodbye to us back in January. They are a fantastic group of people & a great Company to deal with. We have driven a distance of 15,100 miles, (24,300 kms) having gone up as far as Haines Alaska, plus the extra miles in our little Suzuki. It has been the most amazing trip, one we will remember for life. We have met a lot of great people & will be sad to say goodbye to our 'little' home. We are so thankful for Gods guidance & care for us during this time and also for being with all our children & grandchildren who have been traveling round Australia this year. We drove to Tropical Palms RV resort & had a few days to prepare for them all to arrive here on Wednesday night, God Willing. (At the time of doing this blog it is just over 24 hours away.) We have not seen some of them for over a year, so it will be SOOO wonderful to see them all,
walking through the airport, VERY TIRED, no doubt
your comments ...keep safe and well, God bless....Miss you all.
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