Sunday, October 20, 2013

From Maryland To North Carolina

We rolled out of the Maryland welcome center around 8AM on Saturday morning, and continued to head south. Gary stopped at a Wal-Mart in Abingdon, Maryland so I could get my souvenir license plate. This would be the last stop on our trip for the souvenir plates, since I have all of the others between Maryland and Florida from our previous trips. I got four new ones on this trip, thanks to Gary's persistence in finding them for me. For most of the day, it rained lightly, just as it had done the previous day. We made our way through Maryland, paid our final toll when leaving the state, and crossed over the Potomac River on a big bridge that took us into Virginia. We stopped for a little break at a roadside park on the Virginia side of the bridge. Somehow, we had gotten off of I-95, and had ended up on US-301. It was a nice road, so no complaints. We eventually ended up back on I-95 just north of Richmond, then cruised south towards the North Carolina border. Gary wanted to stop earlier, rest up, take a shower, and catch up on computer stuff, so I knew we wouldn't be driving a whole lot further. We stopped at the North Carolina welcome center, and Gary checked the internet for the nearest KOA. We were at exit 180, and the closest KOA was at exit 154, the Rocky Mount/Enfield exit. We headed there, checked in, and took it easy for the rest of the night. The place was pretty much out in the sticks, but TV reception was good. We watched the NASCAR race, planned our next stop, and hit the hay. It was super quiet, so we slept well, and felt rested for the long haul to our next stop in northern Georgia.

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