Blue Ridge/Skyline
Day 06 - Monday, September 03, 2004
Labor Day

 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from Luray, VA to Roanoke, VA

Might was well be honest. This has not been a good day.

Last night it rained like crazy. The rain hitting the top of the van woke me up a couple of times.

Today it is rainy and foggy. After we left Luray and got back to Skyline Drive the fog was VERY thick. It makes sense that the fog would be thicker up in the mountains. We are actually driving through low hanging clouds. What a difference from yesterday!

We finished Skyline Drive and started Blue Ridge Parkway. It runs at an even higher elevation (3000+ feet), so the fog/clouds are even thicker. There are times I literally can't see more than 20-30 feet in front of the van. So we have to drive very slowly, no more than 10-15mph. I'm afraid of hitting something. And the road, of course, is one turn after another.

They are saying on the radio that this weather pattern will continue through at least Wednesday. So I am considering cancelling the rest of the trip and heading for Aiken. There is no fog once you get off the mountains.

Tonight we are "camped" at a Motel 6 in Roanoke, VA.

Tomorrow morning I'll listen to the latest weather forecast and make a decision. I really hate to cancel the rest of the trip, but driving in the fog means there are no sights to see. And it is very mentally exhausting. We'll see.

 Today's Pictures 
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Interesting information on the construction of Skyline Drive, This sign is at the end of Skyline Drive and the beginning of Blue Ridge Parkway. Sorry these pix aren't very good. Hard to take meaningful, interesting pixs in a fog. The one on the right is sorta interesting. The dead trees looked very erie in the fog.

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 8:30a
Ending time: 7:00p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 10.5
Begining odometer: 111274
Ending odometer: 111512
Net miles today: 238
Average MPH: 22.6
Total trip mileage: 1398

Gasoline: $0
Food, ice, etc.: $11
Lodging: $45
Other: $0

 Thought For The Day 

20 More Mom-isms
  1. Pick up your feet.

  2. Put that down! You don't know where it's been!

  3. Say that again and I'll wash your mouth out with soap.

  4. Shut the door! I'm not heating (air conditioning) the entire neighborhood!

  5. Shut your mouth and eat.

  6. So it's raining? You're not sugar -- you won't melt.

  7. So what if Bob's mom let him do it? If Bob's mom let him jump off the Empire State Building, would you want me to let you do it too?

  8. Someone is going to end up crying.

  9. There's enough dirt in those ears to grow potatoes!

  10. This hurts me more than it hurts you.

  11. Turn that racket (music) down!

  12. Watch your mouth!

  13. Well, I haven't figured out how to cook "cold" yet.

  14. Well, people in Hell want ice water too!

  15. What did I say the FIRST time?

  16. What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?

  17. What part of NO don't you understand?

  18. When I was a little girl...

  19. When I was young we had respect for our elders, now look at the world!

  20. When I was your age, I had to walk ten miles through the snow, uphill, by myself, to go to school.

 Joke Of The Day 

A Marine was deployed to Afghanistan. While he was there he received a letter from his girlfriend. In the letter she explained that she had slept with two guys while he had been gone and she wanted to break up with him. AND, she wanted the pictures of herself back.

So the Marine did what any squared-away Marine would do. He went around to his buddies and collected all the unwanted photos of women he could find. He then mailed about 25 pictures of women (with clothes and without) to his girlfriend with the following note:

"I don't remember which one you are. Please remove your pictures and send the rest back."

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