We began our journey of life on the open road yesterday, Monday, October 13. A friend of ours pointed out that it was Columbus Day and, therefore, very fitting that we were starting our own exploration on Columbus Day. It didn’t even dawn on either one of us that it was a holiday.
We departed Bloomington, Indiana around 10:30 a.m. and made our way south on 37 to Bedford, then took 50 east across until we hit 65 south. We followed 65 through Louisville and into Kentucky. Once we got past Lexington, we took 64 east straight through to Milton, West Virginia. The drive between Lexington and Milton is simply breathtaking. The fall foliage colors are a bit muted this year, but the orange leaves really stand out. I wanted to get pictures of the trees to post on here as we came through the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, in Morehead, Kentucky, but our bug splatted windshield prevented me from doing so, and there were no bump outs along the road allowing us to safely pull off of the highway to stop and take pictures.
We stopped for lunch in the town of Waddy, Kentucky for a couple of reasons. The main reason is that we decided to fill up with diesel and propane. The second is that we picked Waddy because of our cat Waddie (her proper name is Wadella McGhee) and thought it would be cute (okay, I thought it would be cute) to stop in a town that bore one of our cats name. Again, the bug splattered windshield prevented me from taking a picture of the town sign “Welcome to Waddy” for our journey; however, I do have the receipts from our purchases, so I guess that will have to suffice.
Dave really enjoys driving our motor coach. He said that is handles slightly different from the city buses that he’s driven, which we believe is due to the weight of ours when fully loaded, compared to the city buses that only ferries passengers. He handles this thing like he was made for it! I can’t believe the corners that he can get around. A couple of them left me holding my breath thinking, “we’re not going to make it”, but he maneuvered this thing like a charm! He wants me to learn how to drive the motor coach and I’d really like to, but in all honesty, it intimidates me. I just need to get over the intimidation and put my “I can do this” attitude into gear.
I’ve been concentrating on making our driving itineraries no longer than 5 hours (according to Google Maps calculations), as we know that driving time with an RV is going to increase. It worked out well on our first day, as we arrived at the campground around 6:00 p.m. Considering that we stopped along the way a few times to double-check the tow-dolly to make sure it was safe, and then stopped for lunch, we didn’t feel as though the total time to get here was too bad. After setting everything up, we got our showers, turned on the TV, and relaxed for the night. The cats were happy to relax as well after our day of travel.
One very valuable piece of information that I learned upon our arrival here in West Virigina, is that just like in an airplane, “be careful when opening the overhead bins after landing”. Everything shifted or fell over in the cupboards and I almost bonked Waddie on the head with a book that fell out when I opened one of the cupboards. She may be an old cat but, boy, can she move! LOL
Speaking of the cats, we decided to let them run loose in the RV while traveling instead of boarding them in their cages. For one, we thought that the cages might stress them out more and, secondly, we wanted them to find their own space where they would be comfortable. Alvin does not like traveling as he roamed and cried a lot until he became hoarse. He sat on my lap quite a bit as we went through Kentucky, cowering whenever we hit a bump and the dishes jarred. Toward the end of our trip, I had to keep an eye on him as he wanted to get under Dave’s legs and I had to grab him to keep him from doing so. He learns quickly when it comes to “no”, so I don’t think we’ll have any issues in the future. Waddie did great! She jumped up on the couch and laid down on her favorite pillow the entire time. I had to laugh a couple of times, as when I looked back to check on her, her head was bouncing slightly due to the coaches’ vibration, reminding me of one of those bobble head figurines.
The campground that we’re staying at is the KOA Huntington/Fox Fire in Milton, WV. It’s a very nice campground consisting of 117 sites, walking trails, and two catch and release fishing ponds, as well as a swimming lake and beach. We’re hoping to go to the Blenko Glass company today and take a tour of it, however, it’s raining (is the blasted rain following us?), so we’re going to wait it out and see if the rain lets up. Blenko Glass is one of the few remaining glass companies left in the United States that still hand crafts each piece. They have a self-guided tour that one can take every day of the week, excluding Wednesday’s, and the tours are free. If you’d like to learn more about Blenko Glass, go to www.blenko.com .
Have you ever watched the movie “We Are Marshall” about the devastating air plane crash on November 14, 1970 that took the lives of 75 people, including the members of the Thundering Herd football team, coaches, supporters, and crew? Well, Marshall University, which is home to the Thundering Herd, is located in Huntington, West Virginia about 22 miles west of where we are currently staying. I never connected the two events until a friend of ours told me about this (Thanks, Margie!). There is quite a bit of really interesting history on the Marshall University website. Simply go to http://www.marshall.edu/landing/about/ and then scroll down to “Official History.”
We plan on departing Milton, WV tomorrow and heading for Chambersburg, PA., staying overnight there before heading to eastern PA the day after that to visit family.