This puppy is the REAL Hushpuppy! June 21, the first day of summer, summer solstice, the longest day of the year WAS the longest day of the year. It ended in Fort Mill South Carolina in a Comfort Inn. I surrendered to the Winnebago in Mount Airy North Carolina, just down the mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway. When the coach battery went out, I gave up. We’re heading home six days early and we have our appointment already made at the RV dealership. Thank God for an extended warranty. The Fuse warranty expired in April.
Where did we leave this epic journey? In Charlottesville after visiting the home of a conflicted statesman.
We left Charlottesville and headed to Natural Bridge in Lexington Virginia. Why is it called “Natural Bridge”? Here’s why:
This is a natural limestone formation. At one time, Tom Jefferson owned this puppy too. How do you own something like this? Just by buying the property I guess. Jefferson died in debt, buying stuff just ‘cause he liked it.
It was incredible. We went into the visitor’s center, bought two $8 round trip tour tickets. I went back to the RV to feed the dogs and Mac took the first shift to see the bridge. As soon as he headed down, a huge thunderstorm broke loose. So, when I went down, no one was there. That’s how I got these pics with no other folks in the frame.
We headed to the Natural Bridge KOA and that’s when I got the “brilliant” idea to take our deposit on an RV site and upgrade to a cabin with AC. We parked the RV in a site close by and spent the night in a luxury cabin with a double and bunk beds.
Trooper and Mac decided to try the top bunk and while I was going to the “john”, Trooper decided to leap from the heights. Unfortunately, no video of that feat.
We resorted to an age old Bikulege family tradition of ham sandwiches and Mac roughed it by inventing a tooth floss chandelier.
But we were cool……..so cool…….damned cool in our KOA cabin with our crippled Winnebago parked out front.
Anyway, after we headed out of the KOA making sure all were on board (ha, ha KOA jokesters), we headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the first day of summer and it really was a beautiful drive. That cabin was looking pretty good to Toby.
We were on our way to Fancy Gap Virginia and decided to make a quick stop in Mount Airy…real home of Andy Griffith.
That’s when the coach batteries quit working and I told the “Sheriff” that I give up, we need to head home…
So, we made it to the Comfort Inn at Carowinds in Fort Mill South Carolina by 7 PM on the longest day of the year. Martin at the front desk took pity on us and waived the $50 pet fee. I watched two movies on ShowTime as the sun set on a raucous pool crowd. Today we head back to our lowcountry. On Monday, the Hushpuppy heads to the shop.
PROLOGUE: When we were parked outside our cabin in Lexington, I spoke with my brother Stan who gave me the title “BLAM” for this post. He made an interesting suggestion that could have been a possibility. He said that maybe what Mac and I should have done back on Loft Mountain was paid off Jaepaer, the Appalachian Trail hiker, to set the Hushpuppy on fire and just keep hiking up the trail.
What sound does a Winnebago blowing a transfer switch and then going up in flames make?
I’ll end it here for now. Until next time, I wish you happy trails and ham sandwiches. And thanks for reading…