During the first month of our trip, we cruised through a number of states in the eastern US. Traveling south we drove along the eastern seaboard. Some of our fondest memories were the lobster in Maine, the boardwalk in New Jersey and the wonderful solitude of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
On the way back north, we decided to travel through the Appalachian Mountains, from Georgia all the way back up to Maine! We found some very special B&B’s along the way, and the scenery was incredible.
While we were in eastern Kentucky, our vintage Cadillac started to overheat. As we had a lot more miles to travel, I didn’t want to push my luck and decided to have the engine looked at right then. Fortunately we found Bruce Walters Ford Dealership, right there in Pikeville. They did excellent work in replacing my old water pump, which totally fixed the issue – and for a very fair price. They also had great deals on used cars and really wanted me to trade in my old Caddie for one – but as many of you know, they’ll have to pry my cold dead hands from the wheel, before I let go of Big Blu!
While Blu was being worked on, we also did a little exploring in Pikeville, which is very close to the boarder of Virginia and West Virginia. Its a small town of less than 7,000, but surrounded by some beautiful, rolling mountains. There are a number of excellent city parks, great places for relaxing on a lazy afternoon. We also tasted some of the best trout that I’ve ever had, caught in the local streams just the day before.
Later that evening, after we picked up Big Blu, we enjoyed some free entertainment, live on their main street. Mainly local bluegrass musicians playing, singing and dancing until late in the night. My last memories of that evening were watching a full moon rising up over the ridge to our west, while a local band of “cloggers” were moving all over the stage, with banjo and fiddle singing in the background. This area is truly a special place, with great people. If you ever have a chance to drive through this part of the US, do not miss it!