Day 62: Saturday, August 22, 1981
Damascus to Wytheville: 63 miles
After our 80-mile day yesterday, we were worn out. Jack awoke at 8:00, but Choo Choo and I didn't want to. Jack and I tried the Gateway Restaurant for breakfast. It was nothing to rave about. We finally made it out of town about 10:00.
|Choo Choo takes a break|
We've already crossed the Appalachians! It didn't take nearly as long as crossing the Rockies. Most of the terrain today was rolling, with gentle grades - even though the hills were still a lot bigger than you'll ever see in Michigan. We had a seven-mile climb this morning, but it was the easiest climb of that length on the trip.
|Name these flowers!|
The route parallels the eastern side of the Appalachian range up to Roanoke, then heads back southeast. Jack and I are at a KOA tonight. We paid $3.90 each for a campsite - the highest ever on the trip. Choo Choo had said this morning that she would stop at Rural Retreat tonight - she probably didn't leave Damascus until noon.
|Rural Retreat's railroad station, long unused|
Jack fixed a real conglomeration for supper tonight. We stopped at a produce market and picked up three green peppers, six pears, eight nectarines, and three ears of corn for $1.87. So Jack combined the peppers, corn, an onion, some tomato sauce, a pound of sausage (the store was out of hamburger), and some Minute Rice. The sausage was terrible.