Places We Have Called Home In 2021

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Temperature, Low 45 Degrees; High, 61 Degrees

Travel Day

Ah, no more rain this morning. It was cool but not cold, and the sun was shining so there was the promise of a good day ahead for us.

Per our normal schedule we were shooting for a departure time between 9 am and 10 am. Which was perfectly doable since we have our departure routine down to a science. So when did we begin to roll? Slides in, jacks up, and we were on the road by 9:30 am.

The first part of the trip had only one significant climb. It was a six mile 4% grade up to Fancy Gap, VA. There were still mountains to climb after that but nothing that fazed Elvira in the least.

Here is the sign welcoming us to Virginia. I was sort of thinking that given the size of the sign either they don’t want anyone to know what state they are entering or they ran out of money when it came to getting a welcome sign. Some states, like Florida, go all out when you enter their state. Then, there are others like Virginia that take a small sign and hide it in a bunch of trees far back from the road. Go figure.

The Blue Ridge Mountains. So majestic and beautiful.

What a beautiful world God has created.

The trip overall was a good one. The roads were in great shape. Traffic was heavy but kept moving.

A new sign for us! Yes, it was windy but not to the point were I was worried.

The only hang up came when we stopped for fuel. I swung into line at the diesel pumps immediately behind a tractor trailer. Five minutes, ten minutes and no movement. Trucks on either side of me came and went. I finally walked up and found the driver just sitting in his cab eating his lunch! Never mind he was blocking the pump and had myself and others waiting to fill up their trucks. Words were exchanged and he finally, reluctantly, got out and began to fill up. Bottom line, thirty minutes later he finally finished and cleared the pumps.

The sign welcoming us to our new neighborhood. Notice that last word resort – this place is anything but as you will see in a minute.

This is our site. It is a pull thru. The base is a mix of some gravel, a bunch of dirt and a whole mess of weeds. It is not even close to being level. On either side are puddles and mud left over from yesterday’s rain. But wait. . .

When was the last time the utilities including your sewer were located in your neighbor’s patio area! And they have the nerve to call this a resort? It is anything but ,however, they know they are the only game in town so I guess they figure as long as RV’ers keep showing up they’ll keep gouging them with ridiculous daily charges. Why did we come here? We’re here to visit Ms. Barbara’s sister and it is the closest campground and the only one that has a rating above a 6. One can only imagine what the few others look like if this campground looks like this.

We’re now settling in for the evening. We’ve done the transformer thing from road warrior to comfortable home. Time now to just relax and watch some TV.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. We’re thankful to the good Lord for another safe trip today. Oh, I almost forgot after getting set up we thought for a moment that we were being invaded by strangers from outer space. As we sat and ate our lunch we kept hearing this high pitched sort of hum. What? It was coming from the front, that we knew. But where exactly and what was causing it? Then we found it, the front speakers were making the odd noise. But why? Guess what, one of us accidently bumped into the dash radio and turned it on but to an AM station! Hence the weird noise. Radio off, our space invaders were gone! It’s always something when you live in an RV.

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. The area around the “resort” does look very pretty. I’ve never seen RV hook ups in the next site’s patio. Oh my! Too bad the trucker at the gas pump didn’t have a “How’s my driving?” sticker on it cuz I’d bet they’d be finding out! When you settled in for the night did you watch “When Calls the Heart?” Seems like all we saw were commercials! Hope you have a nice visit with Barbara’s sister!


    1. Oh if that truck only had such a sticker, I looked for one but didn’t see one. Yes, we watched “When Calls The Heart”. We have a little secret, we usually tape it, then watch it later when we can buzz through all the commercials. Have a great week.

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      1. Dan always wants to do that, but I don’t like to wait for the show. After last night, I told him he is right. I think there were more commercials than show!


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