2016 Winter Trek travel blog

Today's Route

Pontiac Firebird dragster

Springtime on the Blueridge Mountains along I81

Trek Safari that was involved with the tractor trailer

Smoke obscures I81 from forest fire in Shenandoah National Park

Bushel of apples in Mount Jackson, VA

Corvette headed home to Quebec

Winnie at Harpers Ferry KOA

Potomac River from the Point in Harpers Ferry

US 340 bridge across the Potomac River

Appalachian Trail crosses the Potomac on an old RR bridge

Harpers Ferry Amtrak Station

Looking down the tracks to the Harpers Ferry Tunnel

Pedestrian tunnel under the tracks at the station

Wooden eaves supports for the roof of the station

Pizza for dinner

We continued our trip north on I81 through the Shenandoah Valley. I like this route because o the scenery and relatively good pavement on I81. Truck traffic is a little heavy and traffic overall was fairly heavy today for mid-week. We made a stop at one of the rest stops for lunch and pulled in behind a Trek Safari from Quebec. While we were eating, I saw a woman running up the road waving her hands. I thought at first one of the truck drivers was leaving without his "woman", but apparently the tractor trailer in front of the motorhome backed into the front of their coach and was about to pull away. It appears that everything was settled amicably as the truck eventually pulled away to resume his trip. We pulled out before the Trek and there appeared to be only minor fiberglass damage to the front.

As we approached Harrisonburg, VA it appeared that we drove into a fog bank, but it was smoke from the Rocky Mount Fire in the Shenandoah National Park that has burned around 5,600 acres by midday today --an area around half the size of Harrisonburg, Va. Parts of Skyline Drive were closed along with areas of the Appalachian Trail as well as many other hiking trails in the park. In addition to the smoke, the fire cause fine ash to rain down in areas downwind of the fire. It has been a very dry spring in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains that is making this fire difficult to control.

Other than the fire and incident at the rest stop, it was a pretty uneventful trip on I81. We pulled into the KOA in Harpers Ferry late in the afternoon. We'll be here for a couple of day days before moving on to the Baltimore area to visit with Kyle, Annie, Finn and Oskar. After settling Winnie and Sue in, I went into town to scout out some early morning photography locations and decided to bring home a local pizza for dinner. Not many food pictures on this trip so I included one of the pizza. It was pretty good.

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