July 12, 2019 Statesville, NC to New Market, VA


We were on the road by 8:45.  The temps dropped into the 70's last night.  We haven't felt those temps in awhile and it felt good. The rolling hills of North Carolina may do a number on the gas mileage today, but they sure made the ride interesting.  Traffic was pleasantly light today most of the way.

We climbed into the Blue Ridge Mountains and the view from the top was a little hazy, but beautiful.  

Views of the mountains were often in our sights. 

We crossed the state line into Virginia around noon.

Before we got to Roanoke, we saw a sign for Shawville.  We laughed at the name.

HIghway 81 paralleled the Appalachian Mountains to the north and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the south.  The temps remained in the mid 80's on our drive today.  We loved it!  

Set in the hillside was the sign for our campground, so we knew we were getting close.  The Endless Caverns are located right on the premises of the campground.  No end has been discovered to these caverns, hence the name.  They include an impressive array of stalactites, stalagmites, giant columns, flowstones, limestone pendants, and chambers.  We'll take the tour tomorrow.

Our 275-mile drive was pretty uneventful.  We arrived at our destination, Endless Caverns RV Resort, at 2:00. 

We got great gas mileage of 11.3 MPG on this tank of gas even with all the ups and downs. We are spending two nights here in order to tour the caverns and visit Shenandoah National Park.  We checked in at the office and were assigned site # E32.

We set up camp and got acquainted with the campground amenities.  They have a nice pool that we'll check out tomorrow. 

Auggie got some outdoor time at the campsite this afternoon, but he was anxious to go for his evening walk.  We had dinner and took our walk around the campground to see all the other campers that arrived after we did.    We'll get an early start tomorrow to do our drive into Shenandoah NP and take the cavern tour.   










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