|Hampton Inn Marion North Carolina|
We made it! After a LONG trip from Emporia, VA to our present destination, Marion, NC. I am exhausted. I'll sleep good again tonight.
|Me with a serious case of bed hair trying to cut a waffle with a plastic knife and fork on a styrofoam plate|
I've done all the driving so far. I wasn't expecting this but be that as it may. Today's trip wasn't as bad as going through Norfolk with all it's twisty, hilly road but still pretty hairy. I traveled almost the entire length of the state from the east to the western border. I used US40. The only nerve wracking parts was where I had to drive around the major North Carolina cities like Durham, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. All those extra roads and exits and mergers right and left and traffic. I had to really concentrate that I was in the right lane and unfortunately I couldn't spend a lot of time chatting with Bill. He got his feelings hurt and now isn't talking (much) too me. And of course one time he told me to turn, I knew it was wrong but I did it anyway (it said "East" and I knew we were going west). He really felt bad about that and I probably wasn't too kind to him. I apologized to him. This is usually what happens when we're driving too long. I get stressed out and Bill get angry and we end up fighting.
We stopped at a beautiful rest stop at Catawba. I thought that would sooth down Bill. He does so love being in the mountains and today was one of those clear, blue days with the crispness of early spring in the air. The redbud trees are in bloom and the leaves are just starting to pop out on the trees. I chatted with an elderly gentleman about his electric blue 2002 Corvette. And he's driving that beauty on US40 with those ten wheelers? That takes courage that I don't have.
|One snazzy Corvette encountered at a rest stop off of U.S. 40 today|
We got to our destination, the Hampton Inn in Marion. We were only here about a half an hour when my cousin Bob and his wife Marie drove up. We were to meet and I was going to show him the paternal ancesteral homeland tomorrow. We got settled in and then went out for an early dinner. I hadn't eaten all day and was famished.
|My cousin Bob and his wife Marie at the Jalapenos Fast Grill this afternoon before the onslaught of food|
Tomorrow we visit old family cemeteries up in those mountains. This will probably be my last trip. I'm looking forward to it.