Thursday, September 30, 2010

On down the Road

We overnighted at the Summersville Wally World, they held our reservation. Today we were up early, rained all night again. We started down the road, then there was that sign, Summerville Dam. Well should we check it out? Yeah, so off we go down the road. First stop, an overlook at the lake, pretty. Next stop the Dam and surprise, a campground at the base of the Dam on the Gauley River. This area is Gauley River National Recreation Area and it’s naturally ‘Gorgeous’.



This is the beginning of ‘Whitewater’ country.

As we approached the base of the Dam, viola! A camp? Rustic, price (Shh.., keep it quiet) free. What, No cost, here in the eastern US?, On National Park Service land?


There’s vault toilets at the end of the camp, but there’s brandy-new restrooms at the entrance with running water.

Oh yeah they have a developed camp down the road maybe 1/2 mile run by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Electric at most all sites, potable water at the dump station, restrooms & showers all located on the lakeshore, sweet…. Oh yeah it’s called Battle Run Campground.

We got to get movin’. So far we made it about 9 miles. Oops first we gotta’ have lunch, it’s 12:30 already. Finally got goin’ down Hwy 19, crossed to US 60 goin’ SW to I-64 over to Virginia. In VA took I-77 south, stopped for fuel, guessed right this time $2.69 / gal. Continued towards North Carolina, down the pass at Fancy Gap.


Seven miles downhill at 7% Grade


Nice views from up here

         Guess where we’re headed tonite? Hey Andy!           Mayberry Campground!

We’ll see if tomorrow we can get down to Floyd’s Barber Shop & Wally’s Fillin’ Station. This is Mount Airy, NC the home of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for the famous TV show.

The campground is laid out nice with small loops terraced around the property. They have 83 full hookup sites with cable TV and WiFi to all sites. Also Passport America $15 a night.

Mayberry Campground

The property the campground lies on is the home and farm of the famous Siamese twins Eng & Chang Bunker of PT Barnum fame. Their home is still here and tours are given on the weekends. Two guys attached for life, married two sisters and had 21 children together, quite a feat. The Bunker farm was a 2000 acre tobacco plantation.

Well off to the shower & get rested up for a big day in "’Mayberry’. hope to see ya down the road as we’re;

Dancin’ on the Wind.

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