Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

First of four stops today

Row By Row is found in all the stores

Steep roads in the mountains

A mountain thunderstorm


Today was basically a travel day. We spent several hours in the car. But there we were, driving peacefully along, but what should appear in front of my road-focused eyes - a quilt shop!! Without a second thought I turned in and began my exploration. Now I already have more fabric than I will consume before I die, but a quilt shop is a quilt shop. I bought 2 fat quarters (a half yard is 18” wide by 40” long, a fat quarter is 18” x 20” rather than 9” x 40”), picked up their free quilt pattern and went happily on my way. Thanks to the generosity, love and forebearance of my beloved, we stopped at 3 other quilt shops, picking up more patterns and fabric along the way. We'll stop at more shops along the way and I'll do my best not to stuff the car with fabric. After all, there must be room for the books Hank will claim at the bookstores we'll also be stopping at.

Some of our friends have wished us healthy eating on this journey. We're trying to do that. Hank has cousins who introduced us to a Coleman cooler that is iceless. The same size as a large cooler, it plugs into the car's electrical system and also has an adaptor for home plugs. Works wondrfully. So we're able to pretty much follow what we eat at home. Fruit and cereal in the morning, salad and yogurt for lunch and for the last 2 days, soup and sandwiches for dinner (a simpler meal than we usually have at home). That will change over the next several days because we'll be staying with friends and family but when we leave them we'll go back to that routine.

There was much diversity in the terrain today. Around Gettysburg down to Hagerstown are rolling hills and broad fields. But west of Hagerstown we hit the foothils of the Appalachian Mountains. Crossing into West Virgina we climbed to 3,000 feet elevation and Hank's ears popped repeatedly. (What will happen when we reach 12,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains??) “Our car went over the mountain to see what we might see. We saw another mountain, and another mountain, and another mountain, that was all there was to see.” (You provide the campfire tune.) Tonight we are in Charleston, WV, on the Kanawha River.

Heading west tomorrow we will cross Kentucky, from mountains to the broad fields of the famed Kentucky thoroughbred horses. Our destination is the home of our Parkway Church friends Vito and Ghyll Simoneschi. Their hospitality will welcome us at the end of another long travel day.



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