US Route 60 East - Day 05
Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Today's Narrative

Today we traveled from Lexington, VA to Mount Sterling, KY.

Today was a fun traveling day as we wound our way through the mountains of VA, VW and a little of KY. Some times the hairpin curves were so sharp that, as my Dad used to say, "You could see your own taillights." LOL

We spent about an hour exploring the Humpback Bridge. See the pix below.

Tonight we are in Mount Sterling, KY and once again camped in a Wal*Mart parking lot. Not as many campers tonight as last night. Mount Sterling is a few miles east of Lexington, KY.

We'll make Louisville tomorrow with time to spare. I'm guessing 3 1/2 to 4 hours driving. So, since tomorrow will be an easy driving day and since we're already at Wal*Mart and since it is time, in the morning I'm gonna have the oil in the van changed before we leave.

Once we're in Louisville the trip will be put on pause for awhile. Friends to see and beers to drink :)


Today's Pictures

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A lighthouse in the mountains of western Virginia? Actually, this is painted on the side of an old gas station that I suppose has been out of business for a long time. The gas pumps are the older non-digital style and the price per gallon is $1.139. Like I said, been awhile. The next six pix are of the Humpback Bridge in western Virginia. I'll divide the narrative among the six pix.

This area of Virginia has tourist info on the radio. So the guy there says...

... "This is the only remaining Humpback Bridge in the world." Here's some commentary from a sign by the bridge (I tried to take a pix of the sign but the lettering was too small. You would not have been able to read it)... ... "Humpback Bridge, constructed of hand hewn timbers in 1835 for the James River Kanawah Turnpike ...
... Corporation, remained in public use until 1929.

In 1953, this historic bridge...

... was reconditioned and on May 26, 1954, was dedicated as a memorial to the pioneer sprit of this county." Here's a shot of the bottom of the bridge. I was hoping to capture the way they used wooden beams to support the bridge but the light was bad and the pix is pretty dark. Sorry. Humpback Bridge crosses Dunlap Creek. Yes, that's the correct spelling. Not Dunlop. This is the Robert C. Byrd memorial "Welcome to West Virginia" sign. This one's for you, June.
I tried to capture juxtaposition in this West Virginia pix. In the foreground is the Robert C. Byrd memorial US Route 60, going down a hill and into an underpass. Over head is the Robert C. Byrd memorial Interstate 64. Another one for you, June. Bobby Byrd can't claim this one :)

Today's Stats

Beginning time: 8:00am
Ending time: 8:00pm
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 12:00
Begining odometer: 128386
Ending odometer: 128722
Net miles today: 336
Average MPH: 28
Total trip mileage: 1162

Gasoline: $47.00 - $2.099/gallon in
Food, ice, etc.: $11.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00

Thought For The Day

From Denise in IN:

Five more thoughts from the Texas Cattleman

Don't name a pig you plan to eat.

Country fences need to be horse high, pig tight, and bull strong.

Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.

Life is simpler when you plough around the stump.

A bumblebee is faster than a John Deere tractor.

Joke Of The Day

From JP in FL:

One day a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie and holding a piece of rope. "Tie me up," she purred, "and you can do anything you want."

So, he tied her up and went golfing.


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