8:06, mileage 25,036 - We were packed up and rolling out of Charleston. Staying in a hotel in the middle of the city wasn't the greatest so we were glad to be on the move. Maybe another time we'll rent a cabin outside the city and do more exploring. Today we will head down scenic US60 and end up at the New River Gorge Bridge.
We stopped at McDonalds just outside Charleston on US60. The morning was beautiful with a foggy cloud cover blanketing the mountains. 35 minutes later we were rolling down US60 again. The drive down US60 is very scenic and Americana'ish. There are bridges, coal facilities, towns, trains, and the river. US60 (and later WV16) have plenty of nice curves to offer as well as they snake through the mountains. Arriving in Fayetteville, we turned left and headed across the New River Gorge bridge. Lisa doesn't like heights but handled the bridge crossing like a champ.
We rolled into the visitor center parking lot at 9:58. We toured the center, found some pins, and walked to the viewing platforms. We spent a little over an hour here. Our next leg will take us to Princeton, then we'll head east on US460 to our Roanoke cabin.
While traveling south on I-77 we were passed by the NASCAR haulers for Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, and one that was marked up for Dale Earnhardt Sr. They were probably returning to Charlotte, NC from the race in Michigan.
At 20:36 we pulled into our Roanoke cabin. I-77 was a toll road and a pain. They charged us an extra quarter for our trailers and the road wasn't that great. US460 was a nice ride through the mountains and through the river valleys. Craig Creek Road from US460 to the cabin contained 3 miles of gravel road that we didn't expect (now I know why I had a hard time getting Mapsource to create a route that way...it was set to avoid gravel roads). We spent the rest of the night settling into the cabin and having supper.
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