Yesterday we made the drive from Durham, NC to Bellville, OH. It was a long day. We rolled out of the driveway at 12:30pm (the second time– oops, forgot the camera) and finally crashed on the bed at the Quality Hotel & Suites at 12:30am. Whew. Long day.
Some of the highlights and lowlights include:
Highlight: Seeing Pilot Mountain loom in front of us as we drive up towards the mountains.
Lowlight: Other than being fascinating in a train wreck sort of way, the flaming trailer of wood on the side of the road being whipped into a frenzy by the high winds the day brought would have to make the list. As we drove by, the two guys in the truck had just pulled off the side of the road and were looking back to address the situation. The only explanation I can think of would be that one of the geniuses tossed his cigarette butt back into the dry kindling they were hauling being their big ol’ Dodge F3000 Turbo Super Max and drove along for a while not paying attention to the massive flames building right behind them. I’m thinking, geez, these guys need to unhitch that trailer ASAP so the gas tank doesn’t explode. So why didn’t we stop and help? Somebody else was and I just wanted to get as far away from that scene as quickly as possible. So we did. I never heard an explosion, so I guess things worked out OK. At least the wind was blowing the flames into the traffic instead of the dry, flammable forest.
Highlight: The view from I-77 climbing into the Appalachians into Virginia. Unbelievable and such a clear day! At one point, you could look back into the distance and see Pilot Mountain.
Lowlight: Head cross winds the whole way through the mountains. Well, not really a low light in a motorized vehicle, but imagine if I was trying to ride a bike in that. That would be tough!
Highlight: Really pretty sunset. So yeah, we had a camera and didn’t use it. We would have had to stop and take the photo for a nice one, since the windshield is covered in bug carcasses.
Lowlight: Don Pancho’s (or whatever it was called) Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, WV. The crappiest Mexican Restaurant ever. The chips looked store bought, the salsa was bleah, and they put olives in their tacos. Olives?! WTH. I don’t even think anyone even spoke Spanish in the whole place. That was NOT real Mexican food. Plus, the service was slow. Two thumbs down on this place.
Highlight: We drove up to Bellville, OH on very curvy rural roads. Even in the dark of night, we could tell it was very pretty countryside. There was a just-past-full moon, so we could see a little bit of the farms, dales and fields. Signs alerting drivers of horse and buggy traffic was cool also. Highlight for the scenery, lowlight that we couldn’t really see it and driving it took forever.
So that was our trip. Today we check out the area and the PM Ohio race course, get checked in and get mentally prepared for racing Sunday.