Along the Natchez Trace

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Ohio for a few days...

We left our daughter and family in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday morning...  headed west towards Port Jervis and into Pennsylvania.  We always wait until out of New York before gassing up as the price of gasoline in NY is always quite a bit higher.  Not this time...  for some reason gasoline was around $2.40 a gallon in NY... then jumped up to over $2.60 when we entered PA.  Go figure...

Anyway, we quickly got off I 84 and drove down Rt 209, which is the Delaware Gap road - no commercial traffic; speed limit 45 mph.  Yeah, it's slower, but we both like the drive and had all day to get to Hagerstown, MD, where we spent the night.

From Hagerstown we get on I 78, which goes through Cumberland, MD, into WVA.  Years ago our daughter lived in Baltimore so this is a familiar route for us.

Sideling Hill rest area...
There never seems  to be much traffic on this interstate and this time was no different.
The views are spectacular and it's worth stopping at the roadside rests even if you don't need to use the facilities.

As we entered West Virginia at Morgantown and headed down towards Clarksburg we saw lots of evidence that fall is quickly approaching.
The sweet gums and maples change into a whole palette of colors.  It won't be long now before the whole mountainsides will be vibrant with colors.

As we neared Clarksburg Bill called our son-in-law, Victor, to see if he was back in WVA yet.  He's been home in Texas, but we knew he was returning soon.  Turns out he'd got back to WVA just the night before and was heading to the airport in Clarksburg as we talked.  We probably just missed passing him on the highway.  I tried to get a picture of his job site as we drove past...
A vehicle passed us just as I snapped the picture....
Oh well...  we'll be seeing him this weekend.  And again at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque next month.  In fact, we knew we'd be cutting our time pretty close getting to NM, so we by-passed visiting the daughter who lives in Pennsylvania as we'll be seeing her there as well.

Yesterday afternoon we made it back to "the Ridge"...  our place in Ohio.
We hadn't been home long before a hellacious rain storm blew in.  Bill hasn't put the rain gauge up yet, so I don't know how much rain we got...  only know that it rained buckets... and it's much cooler today than it has been.

So here we are, 1,201 miles from the refuge in Maine... changing gears again and into a different mode for a while.  We don't volunteer anywhere during the winter months, but have all kinds of other adventures planned.  But for now....

That's All For Today!


  1. Sometimes it feels good to pull onto your home pad.

  2. I can't believe you like traveling the Delaware Gap road...we will never do it again!!!

  3. I think you caught I-68 at Hancock, MD and then stayed on it to Morgantown, WV. Our cabin is about 25 miles from Hagerstown, MD in PA. Wished we knew you were staying the night there and we could have met you for a while.

    I-68 is a great road with little traffic, except for going through Cumberland, MD and the narrow road there. I always take my time going through Cumberland in the motor home in that area. We recently spent a couple days at Rocky Gap SP just east of Cumberland. Beautiful area.

    Envy you for your trip to the Balloon Fiesta in ALB. We love it there during the Fiesta and have attended it 6 times over the years. Have fun.

  4. Nice to get on the road again, I can see you are enjoying the sights along the way.

  5. Home sweet home!! 1201 miles and still a ways to go to New Mexico. Safe travels!

  6. your son in law lives in Texas but works in West Virginia? That is one long commute! Quite a trek you made, down into West Virginia then to Ohio. I always go to google maps to see your routes and scenery and its just kind of fun to see where you are on the map.

  7. So many adventures in your lives. And that job-site photo is priceless. I took a lot of photos like that on my way from New York to New Hampshire. Amazing how similar the areas look. You wouldn't even know we were in different states!