Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Virginia wanderings

On the road again... we're off to Wilmington, Delaware after a delay while we replaced the alternator yesterday in Farmville, Virginia. We had been on the road to Norfolk, Virginia for a game last night, followed by a game in Salisbury, Maryland late this morning, but Arby just stopped yesterday and wouldn't go any farther. We were very glad to have repaired the generator in Louisiana, as that allowed us to wait in relative comfort (air conditioning) for the two hours it took to get a tow - they need special equipment for an RV. I even fell fast asleep while waiting.

Having emergency services with AAA was great- they did the work of finding the nearest business that could work on it, and we had to stay overnight because they had to order the alternator.

We've stayed in hotels or motels about 12 days of this trip, for various reasons, and for the most part, we've stayed in Hampton Inns, which are fairly priced and are always good. We've had one poor place- a Days Inn in Jackson, TN, and two superb nights in the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia. It's a boutique hotel that was having a special "dog days of summer" (they got that right!)so it was affordable. It's a reconditioned shoe factory. Every room is architecturally unique, and very large scaled- 14 foot ceilings, a room that made the king-sized bed look small and lovely fittings. They have a shoe motif- pictures of shoes in each room, a plaque of a shoe style on each room door, and a massive red high-heeled shoe mounted below the hotel sign. I highly recommend the hotel!

Posting pictures turns out to be a problem- we have very little time with good wifi that would allow the full service features of the laptop. This entry is composed on an iPad while Joe drives, and I have yet to figure out how to add photos from the iPad, as it doesn't hold photo files in folders where I could fetch them to add to the picture upload section of blogger. If anyone has clues for me about how to post, I'd appreciate it!

Joe's singing continues to be excellent and memorable. He gets hearty applause and many comments from folks in the stands-- it matters that the song is sung straight, with dignity, and without decoration.

______________________ The part I tried to post a few days ago.

For a thorough overview of the trip so far, please check out this link to an article today in the Roanoke Times written by Dan Casey. He has captured not only the essence of the trip but also has lots of interesting data and anecdotes.

My apologies for no postings this last week. I was on vacation in DC visiting friends while Joe toured in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.   We're back on the road this morning, heading for Lynchburg, VA where we stayed just before DC- it's a lovely place!  Joe sings in Pulaski ( 2 to 2.5 hours one way) and Salem (1.25 hrs one way) and then we scoot over to the other side of the state, Norfolk, and  on up into Maryland that same night.

After a week of touring, visiting and shopping, I'm definitely on the road again- and cheerful!


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