Once you make up your mind that you are heading home…… all you really want to do is just be there! Besides, we had promised Rosie that we would be home in time for her birthday. And we made it with time to spare.
So that’s what we did! It took us 6 days of relatively modest driving to get home, stopping @ 4 pm each day for a night at a campground or a truck stop. We made one morning excursion to our favorite BBQ place in Winchester, Virginia - Bonnie Blue BBQ! BBQ for Breakfast! Smoked Kielbasa, white grits, and eggs…delicious. Of course we also ordered some smoked brisket to take with us…..
I’ve written about this place before; located in an old gas station with the pit smokers right outside. Everything is sooooo good! We discovered it on our BBQ and Beer Adventure ( see Dec 2016 / Jan 2017) and have been returning every time we head south.
So, this adventure is now in the books and it truly was as delightful as we wanted it to be. We got to see friends that we couldn’t see in person for over 2 years! Being together filled a huge void for each and every one of us. We were able to visit new museums, see new areas of the country, experience more national parks and monuments, and sometimes just stare into the vastness of this diverse country. The topography, geology and weather in the U.S is so different from one place to another. And so too is its cultures, social constructs and backgrounds, and ethnicities. That is what makes this country so unique and is, ultimately, its strength.
By the numbers:
80 days on the road.
Over 10,000 miles.
17 campgrounds/state parks
16 truck stops/rest stops/BLM land
4 National Parks
5 National Monuments
……. And a WHOLE lot of beautifulness!