It was 80F as we passed Sutton, West Virginia. Towing a trailer in the mountains with the Equinox V6 was a bit of a challenge. You could drive without the cruise and play with the throttle and transmission in a "Rolls Cunardly" mode. You rolls down one side of the hill and cunardly get up the other. This screws up other traffic. Or you can set the cruise but you have to downshift before the grade. Otherwise, the automatic transmission will lose speed before it realizes it needs to downshift and then tries to make up that lost speed, burning extra fuel for no reason. Oddly, I found 70 MPH was better than 65 for the gearing in this vehicle.
I would have liked to make it to Wytheville for fuel, Virginia, where the gas is always very cheap, but that was not to be. We stopped at McDonald's in Summersville, West Virginia to get Sandy a smoothie (the had power but were being renovated so we had to use the Drive Thru) and filled the tank at an adjacent Sunoco.
Rather than have a fast food lunch while we were driving, I thought it would be nice to sit down and suggested the Cracker Barrel in Abingdon. Sandy thought that that would be too much food, so we settled for an Arby's in Marion. She didn't like US Arby's because they did not automatically add Arby's sauce to the Beef 'N Cheddar. This time, however, they did. It was nice to see the Lee Highway (11 through Marion) had not been renamed. Yet.
It was 88F as we went through Johnson City, Tennessee. We stopped at the little WalMart in Unicoi for a few supplies like water and Sargento snacks. They didn't have any Irish Cream single serve coffee creamers so we will need to check elsewhere.
Sandy's camera battery died as we entered North Carolina and the new backup battery was dead as well. This will take some sleuthing, but she used my Rebel for the rest of the trip. We hit Ashville right at rush hour where I decided that drivers in this city are nuts. We survived the transit to I-40 but I had my doubts for a few moments.
After the rain let up, I unloaded the gear and the bike and parked the trailer in the yard. The six of us went to Fat Buddies BBQ in Waynesville for supper. The evening was quite pleasant when we came out.
Back at the motel, after some visiting, I sorted photos and trascribed notes. The WiFi was flaky but I remembered that this was a problem due to our room location and the access point. The computer worked better when I turned it sideways. Outside was even better, so uploading the photos would wait until morning.
Today's Route (481 Equinox miles):