A few years back, when Luke and I travelled in the car together between 200 - 400 miles a week, we adopted this as our official traveling theme song. I couldn’t help but sing this song to myself most of the morning, as the two of us packed up and hit the road.
Our drive seemed longer than I would have expected. Part of this is because I bit the bullet and decided to take the 95->66 route to get over to I-81 (as opposed to heading out to Harrisburg, PA and catching 81 there). Another part might be that I’m being VERY careful to stay within no more than 8 mph of the posted speed limit. Anyhow, we finally rolled into Roanoke around 2:30-2:45 PM. We drove straight to the Virginia Museum of Transportation to check out the trains. Neither of us would fall into the “train geek” category, so we blew through the place in about an hour. The most impressive thing was the 1218 Class A Steam Locomotive. Here are a couple of pictures of Luke standing next to it in an effort to convey how massive this beast was.
After the train visit, we found our way to Colony House Motor Lodge and, as promised, played catch for close to an hour. When I asked the Innkeeper if he could point us towards a local park, he looked at me like I had 4 heads. After a minute or two racking his brain, he politely pointed to some grass at the other end of his property and suggested that we could us that if we didn’t mind the fact that it was wet from the brief shower that blew through while Luke & I were driving from the museum. We didn’t mind.
Our dinner was kind of meh but I think the in-laws would be pleased by the decor at the restaurant’s front desk.
We got back to the Motor Lodge around 6:30 and Luke chose to forgo the guitar for some pool time. He earned it based on our drive.
Tomorrow might be our longest leg of the whole trip. We’re gonna power all the way through to Athens, GA and we want to get their with enough time in the day to see the sites. Wish us luck.