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Nov 9, 2011 - Charleston, West Virginia

Sunny as we drove along I 64 to the Blue Ridge Parkway, turned and went south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Lexington, VA. Beautiful drive with glimpses of the towns far below through the trees, most of the leaves gone and a bit of snow in shaded areas. The rain started near Charleston West Virginia. Took a picture of the State House in Charleston from the highway since we were in a hurry to get to a KOA in Milton. The office at the RV park closed at 6 pm, so I had phoned and they were staying open waiting for us to arrive.

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On The Road 2011

Sep 9, 2011 - visiting cousins Stan & Becky Lewis

Fri. 9/9 Camping at KOA in Milton, West VA - about 45+ minutes drive to Stan's house. He has a great house in the country but no place level for us! We had dinner with them & visited until about 10:30 - then Stan led us on a "short cut" from his place back to the KOA - didn't save any time but not as long drive on the Interstate! (That whole 'short cut' thing is in the Lewis blood!!!) Sat. 9/10 Back at Stan's about 1 for the day - Becky made another nice meal. The weather was so nice, we were able to sit out on their back deck almost all...

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Oct 12, 2010 - Working in a coal mine - Doo Wop

Mary and I spent two days in Charleston, the capital of West Virginia. We were only 3 miles from the capital building downtown, completely in the hills of a rural area of the Appalachian Mountains. On our way to Charleston after leaving Shenandoah National Park in Virginia we stopped and in Beckley, WV for a journey into the earth and into the past of early life among the coal towns of southern West Virginia. We toured a once active coal mine and company town called Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. We looked through the museum of artifacts...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Charleston, WV

We were going to make a two day trip from Lancaster KY to our friendly lodge in Pennsylvania so Charleston, WV (the Capital) was about halfway. It is located along the Kanawha River. The main part of the city is along the banks of the river (the only flat land), the rest of the place is VERY hilly, no one lives on a flat spot. We stayed at the Elks Lodge very comfortably with electric, water and sewer but they were all on the wrong side of the rig, oh well. The lodge was not open but the officer let us in to chat and have a refreshing...

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May 28, 2010 - Heading west

I started the day getting my new tires. What a difference Michelins make! The only problem I had was the GPS again. I think I need to figure out how to change the settings because I think it’s taking me the shortest route by miles, not by anticipated time. I was driving on roads that were worse than any logging roads I ever remember being on going camping and after I got there I found out I could have taken the freeway. As if the GPS detour wasn’t enough, I took a 30 mile detour through the mountains of West Virginia to see the New River...

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Laurilee's trip

May 21, 2010 - West Virginia

We went to Charleston to see the state capital buildings. We then drove eastward through West Virginia to a little town called White Sulphur Springs, famous for the huge old spa/resort there called The Greenbrier. The Greenbrier is a railway-hotel similar to the CP resorts in Canada. Many presidents and celebrities have stayed there - it was also known for the neighbouring golf courses. Since 1992 it has been also famous for the just-revealed secret installation underneath. As part of a deal with the USA cold-war government, a new wing was...

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May 11, 2010 - Riding West Virginia

Woke up to another dramatic weather swing. Warmed up 20 degrees and then the winds came. Blowin 30 mph all day but NO RAIN. The two hogs headed for the Wild Turkey Distillery. Since we didn't make Makers Mark thought we would get a tour of Wild Turkey...Not going to happen..tour didn't start for another hour so I say Fuck the Bourbon..I could never stand bourbon anyway..was my college drink which I OD ed on. Bobby and I decided to bust out of Kentucky so we hopped on I64 and headed east to West Virginia. Did about 250 miles and are...

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Oct 18, 2009 - Charlestown, WV (Day 2) - A Beautiful Day

(Elena Writing) It was 34° this morning and there was ice on the back of the truck where the rain had frozen. Our furnace and catalytic heater have kept us nice and warm. We attended Sunday School and worship service at the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, about a mile away from WMSC. The church is located down a steep drive so we decided to park our rig at the nearby elementary school parking lot. It was a nice short steep “hike”. The congregation was very friendly and they offered rides both ways but we declined since it was good...

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Oct 17, 2009 - Charlestown, WV - Heading South!

(Ron Writing) It was 37° early this morning – still too cold to suit us so we packed up and headed south. We left Clarksburg on south I-79 which runs southwest through central West Virginia. This is not marked as a scenic route on our AAA map but we think it should be. Perhaps almost every drive in West Virginia would be marked scenic by our standards. We aren’t usually impressed with our drives on interstate highways but this is one of those exceptions. I-79 just winds its way through the beautiful mountains of WV like a snake. It’s a very...

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Sep 16, 2009 - Charleston, WV

The bus is in Charleston, WV parked ========================================================================= Drivers Log: 192 miles this leg, 8415 miles total How we got here--see Google Map "Drive to Charleston, WV" ========================================================================= Before leaving Uniontown, Janet took off in the Honda to visit Fort Necessity National Battlefield. It's 1750. England and some Virginians want to open up the territory along the Ohio River between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. France...

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Nov 3, 2008 - Day 72 West Virginia

We arrived at the capitol of West Virginia in Charleston at the end of the day. The last of the sun's light was filtering through the brilliantly colored fall leaves on the trees making them even more dazzling and breathtaking. We were reading the proclamation at the closing of the day in the 48th state, the last capitol of this mission. It struck us as symbolic of the soon closing chapter of American life as we have known it. Near the end of the proclamation a Grounds and Maintanence worker came over to us and asked if we were passing...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Spencer's Birthday!!!!

Today is Spencer's Birthday!!! We started the day with banana nut muffins and birhtday presents. He just new that his parents forgot to get him a DS lite for his birthday. He said he knew this because he never saw us got to post office (we got a practically brand new one off Ebay). Of course we played along with him so he would be surprised in the morning. He was... His grandmother Duke sent him a book by Jeff Foxworthy, "Dirt on my Shirt". This is a very cute book! After the morning festivities we headed out for Clarksburg, WV. Randy lived...

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