The road trip is complete!

After around 4000 km travelled, bacon (or sausage) and eggs with hash browns, toast and bottomless decaf coffee virtually every morning, 5 different beds, some stunning scenery … we made it back to Dale’s Dad’s place around 8.30 Monday night, US time. I drove all but about 400 km of that. I loved the driving. When you have highways that leave most of what Australia offers sadly in the shade, you will enjoy travelling.
I used Google Maps to plot our route.

On Sunday night we had made it as far from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to Beckley in West Virginia. We ended up at the Holiday Inn. That was nice, especially the heated swimming pool. To get there we travelled through part of four states – North Carolina. Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. I’ve never quite got the hoopla surrounding Halloween, but it’s only a month away here … and you can’t miss it, including this display greeting us as we unpacked at Beckley for the night.

What delighted us all the way back to Ohio were the changing colours of the trees – yellows, oranges, reds and greens in beautiful abundance wherever one cast their eye. These pics don’t do it justice.



Closed to home we made a big detour to Pittsburgh, Pennysylvania where Dale’s sister, brother in law and some family leave. Dad’s mate Tiger (the cat) had been cared for there since two Saturday nights ago. They were mutually delighted to be reacquainted.

After dinner at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) where – no fried chicken for me – I ordered the most disappointing BLT ever (but appreciated our hosts paying for it all the same!), we set off for the final 2 hours of travel back to Dad’s home. The hot water system is out of gas, but that’s OK. We’ll shower tomorrow. Just more deodorant!

Dale and I managed some obligatory shopping mid afternoon. Took some lovely images on our return.


Cheers for now,


1 Response to “The road trip is complete!”

  1. 1 craig collas October 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The Parkway looked great

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