At 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning, August 25, I pulled our Ram truck into the Mt. Airy Dodge Ram dealer. They were so accommodating to fit me in first thing in the morning to look at our flat left rear inner tire. It turned out to be a simple fix. I had run over a nail which had become imbedded in the tire. About 45 minutes and $38.00 later, I was on the way back to Mayberry Campground where Cindy was waiting. We drove approximately 180 miles to the Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA. It was Beatitude II’’s first real experience with mountains and she did well. Actually, it was our RAM that did well. She maintained and increased speed easily on the steepest grades on I-77 and I-81. We also handled the winding road with hairpin turns over the last 15 miles to our campground, which is about as isolated as can be in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There was no cell service and minimal, extremely slow wifi which was satellite-based.
After setting up at on our roomy, wooded site we made the fifty-minute drive eastward to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park., where on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all the United States Forces. We were thrilled to stand in the parlor of the reconstructed McLean House where the conditions of surrender were negotiated and signed. The terms of surrender were generous: All confederate soldiers could return home with their sidearms and their horses. After wandering through the old town of Appomattox Court House , we stopped at a few other nearby sites on the way home.
On Friday evening, we grilled salmon and had a lovely dinner outside. The weather is so nice! The heat and humidity disappeared from the air once we hit Mt. Airy, NC. And finally, it was cool enough in the evening to have a campfire. We sat around the fire in our beach chairs (we couldn’t throw them away!) until well after dark, relaxing, sipping wine, and singing songs.