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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Natural Chimneys County Park, Mt Solon, VA, 198.5 miles, 7,964.4 Miles For the Trip

While it started out foggy, by the time I left the campground a strange, golden orb appeared in the sky. Haven't seen the sun in over a week. I spent most of the 200 mile drive on I 81. Other than lots of truck traffic, it wasn't too bad. I stopped at a Burger King / Two Stars gas station for coffee, but since it was lunch time I got a Crispy Chicken meal instead. Pretty good, but left me full enough that I probably won't do much for dinner.

I arrived at Natural Chimneys County Park around 1:00 & picked out a site - B3, a water & electric site for $27.38 per night. The sites are not well defined - there are posts in the lawn with power, and a site designation on each side, ie I'm on the B3 side but if someone backs in behind me they are in B16. The water is a short distance away, reachable with my 20' of hose.

Site B3

I set up the trailer without unhooking the truck since I'm only here one night and it is about 20 miles to the nearest anything (there is a sign about a small store only 3 miles away, but I've never stopped to see what they have). In any case, I have everything I need for the next couple of days. There is no AT&T, even with an amplifier, but a strong, but slow Verizon 4G LTE connection. By the way, I accidently left Lightroom in the full size JPG export mode for yesterday's posts, so the big version of the pictures is BIG!

When the campground host came around to collect the fee, she mentioned that there are a couple of black bears in the park. One is a full size female that is going through garbage cans and the other an abandoned cup that hangs out at the dumpsters. Since I didn't get to see any at The Smokey Mountains National Park, maybe I'll see one here!

After sitting around reading for the rest of the afternoon, I headed for the showers. Not bad in that they have standard shower heads, lots of hooks & a hanging thing for your soap, etc, but the drying area is part of the shower & the floor gets soaked. No bench, but the bathrooms are clean.

As mentioned earlier, dinner was just a snack - cheese & crackers.

Until tomorrow -


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