Day 63: Sunday, August 23, 1981
Wytheville to Salem: 60 miles
|A roadside stream
Near I-81 about eight miles east of Wytheville, we passed by a stone monument marking the location of the Wilderness Trail. By 1800, over 60,000 pioneers had traveled over the trail to settle in southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee since Daniel Boone blazed it only a few years earlier.
|Name these flowers!
|The former N&W station in Salem
Jack has another cousin in Roanoke, which is about 30 miles east of here. He hasn't seen her for 20 years, and can't remember her married name. He's been trying to call Lena to get the info, but no luck.
|Log house by the side of the road
We stopped for the night at Dixie Caverns, about 15 miles west of Roanoke. A sign said that these are the only caverns in this part of Virginia (whatever that means), but we just camped here. It was a short day today - only 60 miles or so, but Jack was happy. We biked back up the road to a restaurant, where a customer told us we had picked the wrong restaurant - the other one served real food.
At the campground, we met a Danish family from near Hamilton, Ontario. The grandfather must have been in his 80s, and he was originally from Sweden. Jack told him he'd see him in a couple of years for a Scandinavian tour, and they exchanged addresses.