Posted by: Beemer Bob | November 14, 2014

Homeless on the Ridge – Part 2


October 8, 2014

In the morning, I show my frustration with my off-road privileges being suspended.
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But she holds strong. So I guess I will have to behave myself for a while.
It’s time to head towards the Blue Ridge. One last shot of the views from Mt Magazine.
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We begin the long drive. Arkansas has some very nice roadside parks and we stop at one for a break and to make lunch. I forgot to take pictures.

When we went through Little Rock, AR we thought it would be neat to go downtown. Little Rock has a market area by the river that we thought would be fun for a break.

BIG MISTAKE! The streets in Little Rock are narrow and trying to maneuver our rig proved to be very difficult. I’m not sure how it happens, I think perhaps going over curb at one of the sharp turns, I got a flat on the trailer.
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On a narrow street in downtown Little Rock, I am stranded with a flat tire. I call roadside assistance and in about an hour, they came and change the flat using our spare.

While we waited we went to go see this market area and were very disappointed.

The sidewall is torn, so the tire is trash. So with the spare now mounted, we then head to Discount Tire to get a new tire. We always buy our tires at Discount Tire because of their good service and road hazard warranty. After some difficulty, I make it to the Discount Tire only to find out that this is “Discount Tire and Brake” that has no affiliation with “Discount Tire”. I’m slightly pissed but too frustrated to go find a real “Discount Tire”, so I drop $100 for a new tire.

Our original plan was to stay at a coast-to-coast resort in Tennessee but we lost several hours in Little Rock and it is getting late and we are still in Arkansas but just outside Memphis. We stop at another roadside park and make camp for the night. At the Arkansas rest areas, there is a designated area for the big 18 wheelers so we get to park in a nice quite area. I forgot to take a picture of our campsite AGAIN. Our stay at the rest stop was uneventful and I was proud of the Saint for enduring this. Our trailer has a built in generator, stored fresh water with large holding tanks for grey and black water. So we can survive pretty good for a while without hook ups.

October 9, 2014

Because our schedule has been thrown off, we make a change of plans. We abandon our plans to divert to Kentucky and decide to just head straight to our destination in Virginia. We don’t know where we will stay tonight but we will just figure that out when it starts to get late.

We cross the mighty Mississippi River into Tennessee.
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The traffic and road construction going through Memphis was unpleasant, but we finally make it through. Outside of Knoxville we stopped at the suburb of Farragut.

Surprisingly Saint was willing to stay here.
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The roadside park worked out, so why not try a Walmart parking lot.

This Walmart was actually in an upscale market center with lots of restaurants and stores.

We find an interesting place that had good food and craft beers. I enjoyed some of the local brews while enjoying a nice band.
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I purchased a 6 pack of various craft brews made here

The intent of this purchase was to bring these as a gift for my sons to enjoy. After the purchase I learn that these need to be kept refrigerated and the space in our refrigerator is very limited. It is doubtful that these will make the trip back to Texas. For the sake of space, I may need to consume them. Sorry boys.

Our stay at the Walmart was not great. About midnight some street cleaning truck ran back and forth making all kinds of racket. Then about 2 in the morning there were some kids playing in the parking lot making a bunch of noise. Then starting about 4, garbage trucks starting making their rounds banging dumpsters relentlessly. By morning, I am informed that we are never doing that again.

October 10, 2014

We continue. We drive and drive and drive. Driving the length of Tennessee is like driving through Texas.

The terrain becomes more rolling and scenic as we near Virginia
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We finally pass into Virginia
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We pass near the town of Marion, VA and see some sign about a distillery. Oh what fun, we say! Let’s go get us some moonshine! We did not learn our lesson about bringing a long trailer through narrow streets. We never found the distillery and we were lucky to have gotten out of town with trailer intact. I almost, however , took out a telephone pole.

Back on the highway. By the afternoon, we encounter heavy rains and the going is tough.

We stop at a Cracker Barrel restaurant for lunch and a break. After lunch the rain was still heavy. So we just took a nap in the trailer while still in the Cracker Barrel parking lot.

The rains let up slightly, so we continue on to our destination of Greenville, VA

The leaves are beginning to turn here
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We arrive at the campsite and set up the trailer. The resort we are at has a grill so we head to the club house to get us something to eat. We find out tonight is BINGO night, so we partake.
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We didn’t win a damn thing, but it was a fun way to end the day.
October 11, 2014

It rained all night. Cleared to a light drizzle by mid morning.

Our campsite
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There is a large pond/small lake in the campground that makes a pretty setting among the fall colors
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It was still drizzling on and off so venturing off on the goose wouldn’t be much fun, so today we truck it.

There was a farmers market at the nearby town of Staunton (pronounced Stanton) so off we go. It turns out Staunton is a very cute town with a lot of interesting architecture. While Tree went to the market, I did a walking tour of the area.
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Near the farmers market, there was a small festival going on as well.
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Live music and beer. Perfect combination.
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Then I find a winery. I’m a sucker for wineries.
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After a tasting and purchasing a few bottles of local wine, we go in search of lunch. By the way, the bottles of wine were purchased to bring home to my sons. It is, however, highly unlikely that these bottles will make it all the way home. Sorry boys.

Anyway, we find an interesting downtown bistro.
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View from our table

Also downtown was this interesting building that had glass blowing operation.
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They had a deal where you could custom design and blow your own pumpkin ornament. So the Saint partook.

Picking the colors

Time to get to work

Rolling on some colors to the molten glass

Adding some more glass

Blow baby blow

Adding the stem

Saint and her new artist friend.

And a one of a kind masterpiece has been created

We then visited a few craft breweries then headed home.
By the way, home is now defined as to wherever the trailer is.
October 12, 2014

STILL RAINING!

Mostly on and off drizzle but enough to keep us off the goose. So another day trucking it.

Today is Sunday so we attended a really nice cute Methodist church here in Greenville.
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Church was nice, everyone was very welcoming and the sermon was good.

There was some sort of artsy-farstsy festival in the nearby town of Waynesboro that Saint wanted to attend. Whatever the Saint wants …

I plotted us a long roundabout way to get there via the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was hoping to do this route in the Goose, but weather was not cooperating.

First we headed to a town called “Steel’s Tavern”. A town with a name like that had to be pretty cool, right? Steel’s Tavern was a dumpy little town and I could not even find a tavern.

From Steels Tavern we headed east though a curvy road that ascended high into the mountains.

After a while we connected onto Blue Ridge Parkway and we headed north.

Lots of fog and visibility is hampered, but OK
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After a while the visibility is lessened as we drive through clouds.

We stop at an observation spot that boast of being able to view Fork Mountain.

We can’t see 10 feet, much less able to see Fork Mountain.

Colors are nice but muted because of the fog. The setting of the beautiful colors in the mist of the cloud was still very picturesque regardless.

At another observation area, we learned of the 20 minute cliff
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See the cliff

Taking in the sights

Foggy views continue
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As we descend out of the clouds, the visibility improves
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We stop at a visitors center.
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We then proceed to the artsy-fartsy festival in Waynesboro
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Autumn leaves everywhere
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We had lunch at a local bar and grill where I enjoyed a glass of Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver beer.
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Still a light drizzle but I decide to drive up Skyline Rd for a bit. We are at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Where the Parkway ends, Skyline Rd takes over. Skyline is similar to the Parkway but a more major road. On our way to Skyline, we would pass lighted signs warning us “Fog on Mountain”. Ummm.

On the way we find this pretty little spot. What a shot from an iphone don’t you think?
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When we reach skyline road and attempt to head north, we encounter this
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I can’t see a damn thing. I turn around, descend the mountain and head home.
October 13, 2014
Stormy and windy last night. Blew down a lot of leaves.

Our home
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Fall colors and leaves on the ground make even an RV park pretty
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With a break in the weather we head back to Waynesboro for lunch. There is a combination cafe and book store Saint had read about and whatever Saint wants…
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I find a book with lots of pictures to read while we wait for our meal

In the front
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After lunch we needed to head back to Stanton. When Tree made that glass pumpkin, she had to leave it there because it needed to cool off for a day.

We picked up the masterpiece, spent the afternoon touring Saunton, eating supper and headed home.
October 14
Another rainy day today

Couldn’t do much because of the rain but we went to lunch at a froo-foo tea room in Waynesboro. A little much for my taste, but whatever the Saint wants …

Some nice shots along the way
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The tea room
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Froo-froo lunch

I was just barely able to get out of there with my manhood in tack. By now it’s pouring down rain. I am elected to run to the parking lot to get the truck and come back and retrieve the Saint.

We return home. Since it was raining too much to do anything I thought this would be a good time to get caught up on this blog. But instead we spent the day watching movies on Netflix and reading.
October 15

From this morning’s walk. This lady stands guard over the campground lake
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Anyway the drizzle is very light this morning. We may risk an outing in the goose. On the other side of the mountains in Nelson County there are a group of wineries and breweries along highway 151. This collection is called the Nelson 151. Wine and beer seems like an excellent reason to go ride

Still some fog going over the mountains.
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Smoky mountains?
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At our first vineyard
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Still kinda damp, but not too bad.

We purchase some wine to bring home. We keep buying wine and craft beer to bring home to our sons. How much will actually make it all the way home before it is consumed is unknown.

Down the road a piece is the Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

This place has a nice restaurant and we declare it lunch time.

The inside of this place is more like a large hunting lodge than a brewery.

And of course we buy a six pack of craft beers to take home. Ha ha

Continuing we come to a cindery. This happens to be the Saints favorite brand of hard cider.

I don’t care much for cider so while saint is getting wasted in the tap room, I take a tour of the bottling operation. Very interesting. Yes we bought some hard cider “to bring home”. Good thing the Ural has a large trunk.

Onward down highway 151 we find Hilltop Berry Farm and winery.
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This place had some traditional wines but for the most part, their wines were actually meads. Mead is a wine made from fermented honey instead of grapes. Meads are the original wine dating back thousands of years. Before the days of grape wine. Mead may be the first alcoholic drink made.

This place has done some very interesting variations to just plain honey wine. They had meads made with pomegranate, lavender and pumpkin. One of the most interesting was one called “dragon’s breath”. This was a mead blended with hickory smoked hot peppers!

We bought some bottles “to take home”

There are several wineries to go but it is starting to get late in the day, and it’s a long ride back over the mountains to our “home”. Most importantly we are out of room. The trunk is full of wine and beer as well as the nose of the sidecar is getting full. If we get any more wine, I won’t be able to bring the Saint back.

So home we go

Our booty for the day
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October 16 starts with part 3

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Responses

  1. Loving your travel blog. I have an uncle who lives in Hohenwald!

  2. Terrific pics! I enjoyed the Biltmore in Fall, but not decked out. Good memories made for y’all – and us through your blog. Miss y’all

  3. “The Saint” would that be the woman in the pictures?  By the way I sent you long time ago a short story written by your mother.  It came back.  Did you move?  If so what is current address?   From: Big Beemer(less) Bob’s Bodacious Blog To: plardette63@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 5:08 PM Subject: [New post] Homeless on the Ridge (on our way home) #yiv1414449172 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1414449172 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1414449172 a.yiv1414449172primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1414449172 a.yiv1414449172primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1414449172 a.yiv1414449172primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1414449172 a.yiv1414449172primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1414449172 WordPress.com | Beemer Bob posted: “October 30Today (According to Thee Saint), was the fulfillment of the reason for the trip. The Biltmore Estate!Inside photography is prohibited but here are a few pictures of the outside.   After visiting the ‘big house’, we stopped by the Bilt” | |

  4. Thee Saint (Teresa aka Tree), earned her title for being able to put up with me. I think the last time I got hurt while on one of my misadventures, my fellow riders had giving her that title for nursing me back to health so that I could go out and get hurt again. She never learns and always lets me come back home. I’m kinda like a stray dog that she feels sorry for.

    I’ll attempt to send you an email at the last email address I have for you.


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