Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Day Eighty-Two: Next Stop: Wild, Wonderful West Virginia
Today looked like it was going to be another day in North Carolina (not that it would be a bad thing.) Around 10:00, the mechanic called and said they had to put the tires on, still. Who knew it took so long to put two new tires on?? At 2:00ish, he called again to say that the car was all set. We went to pick it up. They were very friendly- they didn't charge full-price for them fixing it. Luckily, everything worked again! When we got back to the house, we decided to head for West Virginia. We packed up the car and said our good-byes. Our first stop on the road was to get some coffee. There aren't many coffee shops between Raleigh and West Virginia. We put the closest one in our GPS and passed one that was even closer. A little disappointing. We ended up stopping at a Dunkin Donuts on the Duke campus, near their medical center. Wow! One we left the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, there wasn't much to our ride. We went through rural Virginia, back through some areas we already drove through. We crossed into West Virginia before sunset. It was a gorgeous sunset, so at least we had something to look at. It got dark pretty quick, which was kind of scary, driving through the mountains. At about 9:30, we made it to Aunt Debbie & Uncle George's house. Or, at least their town. After getting (and giving) "Hudak directions" (their's is not the road right after the church...), we made it to their house. It was great to see them again. And the cat, Rudy-begga!! He was on his best behavior for us! We spent the night catching up and telling stories.