Before I get to my post, just a quick note -- I knew this was coming, but didn't realized that as of Jan , 2016 Live Writer would not work with Blogspot. (At least that's what I read on-line and appears to be the case when I tried to pubish my blog!). So of course I wrote my catchup blog on LiveWriter and had to copy it to Blogger to post. So it will not look like I originally wrote it. I will be on the lookout for a replacement ( I just saw that there is now an Open Live Writer that appears to be Live Writer but no longer associated with Microsoft) . If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.
Back to my Travel blog---
I am always late with my blog, but not usually this far behind. Since much
of what I did on my drive from Maine to Georgia I have done before I am going to
do a catchup blog (or 2) that will cover the middle of September to the end of
After leaving Canada, I stopped back in Bar Harbor, ME to do a bit of hiking,
biking and get my hair cut by the same person who cut it in May!
A shot from one of my favorite trails, Beech Cliff trail -
I spent more time in the Schoodic District this time -
I walked several miles along the loop road a couple of days. Below is a shot
from one of my rest stops during those walks.
After leaving Bar Harbor, I headed to Boothbay, ME. I stayed at Shore Hills
Campground, Sept 26 – 28 (nice private cmpgrnd). While there I visited the
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. I would like to see this garden in the
In addition to flowers and plants, they had several trails. On one of them
you pass Fairy House Village where kids (or kids at heart!) can build homes for
the fairies that live there.
From here, I headed back to Littleton, Mass to stay at the Boston Minuteman
campground. I had planned on biking the nearby bike trail but the weather did
not cooperate. I ended up walking one day for an hour or so.
Heading south, I stopped in Berwick, PA and stayed at Bodnarosa Motel and
campground. A very interesting place to stay as long as you don’t mind the
Yep, a nuclear power plant next door!
While there I biked on the D&L trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park. I took
the shuttle from Jim Thorpe to the northern point in White Haven and then biked
the 26 miles back to Jim Thorpe.
Continuing my trip south, I stopped at Max Meadow, VA Oct 7 – 14. While
there I biked 2 trails. The first was the popular Virginia Creeper trail (a
rails to trails path). This trail is 34 miles long, but most people (including
me) take a shuttle to Whitetop station and ride downhill for 17 miles. Out of
17 miles, the first 14 or so you barely need to pedal, just need good brakes.
The last 2 – 3 miles you do need to pedal as the trail becomes more flat. I
ended up biking a bit further and then back tracking to where my car was
I also visited the New River Gorge State Park Trail. I have done a spur
trail of this a while back when I was staying in Galax, VA. This time I took
the trail from the Austinville trailhead, which was maybe a 10 –15 minute drive
from my RV Park – Fort Chiswell RV Park (ok park, sites too close together, but
I wasn’t there for the park!). I ended up biking it 3 times and walking twice.
The scenery was great on all the above rides. But my favorite was probably the last
one, the New River Gorge State Park trail. I will probably return to this
area just to ride the trail again. While the scenery was great and the ride
was fun, I enjoyed the VA creeper trail the least as I do like to feel like I am
getting some exercise when I am riding my bike! You don’t get much exercise on
this trail except for using your hand brakes!! Also, while these trails are all dirt, the VA creeper trail was quite rough in some places (mostly roots) which made the fast downhill trip a bit scary in a few spots.
When I got back to Georgia, I went to Jekyll Island to go to the SouthEast
Lazy Daze get together. After that I had a few issues that caused me to change
my December plans and my plans for 2016. More on that on my next blog.