Sunday, April 18, 2021

Temperature, Low, 59 Degrees; High, 69 Degrees

Travel Day

Well Golly, Look Where We Are This Week

We missed it. The first time in a long time. And we’ll miss it again next week again due to travel plans. I’m talking about church. Tonight we’ll go back and watch the service.

We were up at 7 am since we wanted to be out by 9 am. We didn’t have much to do since a lot of the necessary prep was done yesterday. Therefore, we sat and enjoyed bagels, cheese omelets, and a cup of coffee. Tummies full we now turned our attention to getting ready to get on the road.

We started to roll at 9:04 am. Hey, we only missed our mark by 4 minutes and who cares anyway since we are retired. The trip was supposed to take three hours if all went well. You know, no traffic, not a lot of traffic lights, etc.

The first part of the trip took us through a number of different towns with all kinds of lights but little traffic. I was lucky this time, I never got caught by one of those quick changing lights.

Soon enough we were on Route 421 which is a four lane divided highway. The road, as you can see, is in great condition and traffic was nowhere to be found.

It quickly became apparent that we were no longer in the low country. We were now in hill country with lots of rolling hills. Nothing to worry about. I just left it on cruise control and Elvira did the rest. Oh, that thing sticking up on the top of the mountain?

Pilot Mountain has survived for millions of years while the elements have eroded surrounding peaks to rolling hills. Pilot mountain is capped by Big Pinnacle which rises 1,400 feet above the valley floor. Pilot Mountain became North Carolina’s 14th state park in 1968. There are trails that lead to the top or for the more ambitious there are sections of the rock face that one is allowed to climb. I think I’ll just take pictures from the bottom.

The last section of road leading to our new neighborhood was Route 52. It was the worse part of the whole trip. The tar strips rattled everything including one’s teeth. Thankfully, it was also the shortest stretch, no more than ten miles.

Soon enough we were off the highway and at the entrance to our new neighborhood.

The road leading to our new home.

Home sweet Home. We are in a pull through, hard packed gravel, reasonably level, with all utilities right where they need to be. Take a look at the roof, yup, we have DISH back. Yippee, we are back in the 21st century!

We are up on a hill with about six other sites and that is the rest of the campground below us. I feel like a king overlooking his kingdom! It was interesting, when we came in all the other sites were empty. Not anymore. They are all occupied as of now.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. I’ve got the covers on the tow bar and the tires. The awnings are out over the door and living room window since we are expecting rain overnight into the morning. We’ve had a wonderful mid-day meal of sapaghetti and meatballs. Now, we are in our recliners enjoying Hallmark. Time now to just enjoy our new home and go find Andy and Barney and Gomer

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!


  1. I like your comment – “missed our mark by four minutes and who cares anyway since we are retired.” We’re traveling now, too. Dan asked me what time I wanted to leave in the morning, and I just chuckled. Why even set a time? Just get up, get ready, and go! I envy you watching Hallmark tonight. We might have to watch tonight’s “When Call the Heart” episode tomorrow, and I just don’t know if my heart can take that! Enjoy!


  2. Looks like a good road. I’m glad you remind yourself that you’re retired and enjoy the journey. We stayed at that same campground several years ago and enjoyed our time in Mt. Airy. The campground is beautifully laid out and easy to negotiate. We were fascinated with the story of the Bunker Siamese twins and how successful they were. I’m certain you’ll hear the full story. Enjoy !!


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