The Last Lap

Mountain vistas

Mountain vistas

We’ve been on the road for nearly a month, now it’s time to get serious about getting home. We don’t want to head north just yet but time is passing and we can’t be in the US longer than six months.

Winding mountain road

Winding Blue Ridge mountain road

Out come the maps, it looks like the shortest route is the Interstate 77 straight north through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. It sounded like a good plan but…. those maps really didn’t show just how mountainous this route was. Oh yes, they showed mountain ranges, pictures of mountains are one thing but driving through real mountains are a  very different experience.

Mike in the Mountains

Mike in the Mountains

If you read my post on our experience at Cloudcroft, N.M. you know we swore off mountain driving four years ago and here we are in the middle of mountains with no turning back, the distances are too far. So you hold onto your door handle, shut your eyes and pray. (If your the passenger.)

https://rlogan1155.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/cloudcroft-new-mexico-part-2/

More mountain vistas

More mountain vistas

In North Carolina we saw first hand how dangerous mountain driving can be.  A UPS truck rolled over several miles up the highway and all traffic was diverted through small mountain villages along the route. We pulled off into the only truck stop on the Interstate and spent the night. Truckers had the same idea and parked their rigs in every available spot and squeezed into any empty space to avoid the traffic delays ahead that didn’t clear up until the next morning.

The drive north gave us an endless spring; from the heat of Florida to the cool mountains of North Carolina we finally were into budding leaves and spring blooms.

White dogwood

White dogwood

Red dogwood

Red dogwood

We arrived in Canada on May 5th to lovely warm temperatures but we must have triggered the bad weather gods because it promptly cooled off, it rained and then on Mother’s Day Sunday we got snow. Welcome home.

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