I asked about the unusual building with the round tower across the way. The told me it was the NASA building. Some research revealed it was NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility. The whole area here has many new and shiny developments, leading me to believe the economy is doing well.
We were rolling south on the I-79 High Tech Corridor by 8:00 AM. Approaching Clarksburg, the southbound side was reduced to one lane because the state had decided to rebuild a number of bridges at the same time. Once out of there, there were quite a few places where the road was either one lane or the pylons were out to reduce it to one lane in the near future. With the excellent road surface, I have no idea what they were planning on doing.
We left I-79 and took US 19 (the Mountaineer Expressway), stopping for coffee in Summersville. Then we moved on to I-77 in Beckley and south to Virginia.
We usually exit I-79 at Wytheville and follow I-81 southwest. Today, for a change, we were going to stay on I-77 to Statesville and then take I-40 to Asheville and beyond. They had gas for sale just outside Wytheville for $1.99, but I wasn't able to get near a pump so we pushed on. The big six mile drop after Fancy Gap was interesting. Temperatures continued to climb, reaching 85F when we turned onto I-40 and 90 soon after that.
We climbed the two big grades on I-40 before exiting on US 19 towards Maggie Valley. There was more road construction there but I ran a rolling road block to the merge. We arrived at A Holiday Motel in MV at 4:50 PM (this seems to be a common arrival time for us). Gabi had our keys ready. It didn't take long to unload the gear and motorcycle and get the trailer parked and unhooked. Then I wiped the bike down a bit. But just a bit.
We were the only VROC folks in residence so far. There are some coming tomorrow and a lot more arriving on Wednesday. Sandy and I went out to Subway and brought back a ham sandwich to share. I talked to a fellow on a BMW 1600 who was spending the night. His name was Bob and he owned a Honda car dealership in Ohio. We compared notes on where we had been and I got a few pointers on some interesting spots for future trips.
Sandy was cold despite the heat. She turned in early while I sorted and posted more photos. But I was two days behind on the stories for the blog. I get the pictures up first so that people who can't be here can see what is going on, but the rest takes a major concerted effort. Photos posted, voice recorder notes transcribed and receipts entered into Quickbooks, I declared myself tired and went to bed.
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