Blue Ridge/Skyline - Day 07 - Tuesday,
September 07, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from Roanoke, VA to Aiken County, SC (home).

After checking the local and regional weather reports, I've decided to cut the trip short and head directly home. We took I81 out of Roanoke to I77 to I20 to Aiken County.

The weather in Virginia and North Carolina was the absolute pits. We drove many, many miles on I77 at no more than 25-30mph due to the torrential rain and fierce wind. Many folks gave up and were parked along the side of the road. Overpasses were very popular :)

I feel bad about cutting the trip short. But, to his credit, the Navigator willingly mapped out a new route to get us home.

 Today's Pictures 
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I77 in the rain in North Carolina. See why we were going only 25mph? You can barely see another car up ahead in the fast lane. The number of people driving in these conditions without their lights on was amazing. And dangerous! And, of course, there were occasional idiots flying past us at 40mph.

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 10:30a
Ending time: 6:30p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 8.0
Begining odometer: 111512
Ending odometer: 111811
Net miles today: 299
Average MPH: 37.3
Total trip mileage: 1697

Gasoline: $40.00 - $1.659/gallon in Christiansburg, VA (don't know why so cheap; all the other stations at the same interchange were charging $1.729)
Food, ice, etc.: $0
Lodging: $0
Other: $0

 Thought For The Day 

Ahh, the wonders of natural chemistry: Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever.
 Joke Of The Day 

A man is lying in bed in the hospital with an oxygen mask over his mouth.

A young nurse appears to sponge his hands and feet. "Nurse," he mumbles from behind the mask, "Are my testicles black?"

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know, I'm only here to wash your hands and feet".

He struggles again to ask, "Nurse, Are my testicles black?"

Finally, she pulls back the covers, raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in her other hand, takes a close look, and says, "There's nothing wrong with them!"

Finally, the man pulls off his oxygen mask and replies, "That was very nice but, are... my... test... results... back?"

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