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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Road Junkies 1 Comments

Today began with a visit to Watauga Chapel, a beautiful little church outside Abingdon, Virginia. After locating a letterbox outside the church, we visited the nearby Watauga Trestle. Part of the 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail, the trestle has been transformed into a boardwalk for hikers, horses, and bikers. As may be obvious, the Creeper Trail runs along the right-of-way of an old railroad. Coincidentally we found a letterbox on the trail after we crossed the trestle! We've driven a good many miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but ninety-five percent have been in western North Carolina. So we had to check out part of the Virginia section of this spectacular road. It did not disappoint. Even though we arrived in the area about a week after peak autumn color, the drive was still quite colorful. While on the parkway, we found our 100th letterbox! It was a new box planted last week by some grandparents and their two grandsons. We also took a brief walk on the famous Appalachian Trail. Coming off the parkway into Buchanan, Virginia, we found (a letterbox and) the perfect spot for lunch-- The Fountain at Ransone's Drug Store. We ended the day in Culpeper, Virginia. Pam came down from Manassas and met us for dinner at Foti's Restaurant, whose food rivals the finest restaurants we've visited. Fabulous meal and even better companion-- after we dragged her out of the cemetery she was visiting when we arrived. The server took our photo with this statue, whom she referred to as Dionysus. Maybe that old Greek god has found a new gender!