We passed Fancy Gap, where I-77 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Back in 1983, we exited the BRP here to take I-77 north to Roanoke with Sandy and the two year old twins all in the sidecar. As we passed the little gas station on the access road, we saw a bus but thought nothing of it. Later on, the bus caught up to us. It was Alabama's tour coach on their way to play a concert. We talked a bit on the CB radio and they were interested in how I had three people stuffed in the chair. If we had stopped at the gas station, we could have met them but we had to settle for a photo of the bus.
I thought about following the Parkway to Maggie Valley but decided that a) the detour on US 221 would be nasty and b) we are headed for a Camping World in Statesville. We started to seven mile downgrade to the North Carolina line while Sandy got a photo of a unique looking mountain sticking up out of the flat lands to the east. As long as I start the downgrade with the cruise set for 55 MPH or less and Tow/Haul mode engaged, the transmission will hold the speed by going all the way down to second gear with no brakes. Still, I look at the runaway truck ramps differently these days. The weigh scales at the bottom of the hill had a sign that said "Truckers Check Brakes Before Entering Weigh Station". I guess they don't like surprises like Scranton, Pa got:-))
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