Heading East – Part 3

Geneseo, New York

Time sure flies by!  Hard to believe it has been a month since our last post.  We left you in Gaffney, SC where we waited to have the motorhome serviced.  Since we didn’t have an appointment, we knew we would have to wait a couple of days before they could fit us into their schedule.  But after waiting a day and a half they took the motorhome into the shop and began their work just after lunch.  After changing all necessary fluids and replacing two rear airbags the work was completed the next day, and we were back on the road heading north.

We stopped for one night at the Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC.  Most people know the name Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show of the ’60s.  Mount Airy is the hometown of Andy Griffith, and the fictional town of Mayberry is based on his memory of growing up.  It’s a nice little town with many shops and sights, many related to the TV show as the locals have cashed in on the Mayberry theme.  We’ve visited Mount Airy before and have seen all the Mayberry sights so we didn’t go into town.  Our main reason for this stopt was so we could visit our son Kevin’s alma mater, Wake Forest University, located about 30 miles south of here outside Winston-Salem.

Wait Chapel on the main quad

The Demon Deacon mascot outside the football stadium

Storms were predicted for the next afternoon so we were up early and drove about 50 miles further north to Ft. Chiswell, VA, where we stayed at the Ft. Chiswell RV Park for two nights.  This allowed us time to visit one of our favorite spots in this area, the Blue Ridge Parkway Music Center.

Every afternoon there is live music in a small covered area between two of the buildings.  On previous visits we listened to an impromptu jam session with a variety of people joining in.  This time we were treated to a nice “concert” by a local musician named Ron Ireland, who plays there the last Saturday of every month.

Concert in the breezeway

Ron Ireland

Later, as we drove through the nearby town of Wytheville, we got a laugh out of the sign outside a local elementary school.

School’s out!

We then continued our trek north to our former hometown of York, PA.  Our daughter, Jessica, still lives there with her husband, Dan.  We spent quite a bit of time with them during a two week visit.

One evening we enjoyed an adult beverage and meal with them at Collusion, a new brewery in York.  We were surprised to find this pub in business since a high ranking governmental official has repeatedly told us there is No Collusion.

John’s nephew, Jamie, lives outside of Philadelphia and when he found out we were in York he invited us for a visit.  The event quickly became a family reunion as John’s two sisters and brother joined the party, along with four nieces and nephews and their children.

The Wright siblings: John, Rachel, Patty, and Chuck

Despite the extreme heat and oppressive humidity, a splendid time was had by all participants!

John, Pam, Jessica, and Dan

After a great visit to York we continued north, taking US 15 along the Susquehanna River.  About half way to our destination we stopped in Lewisburg, PA for a lunch break.  On the north side of the town we found the ideal spot to park a motorhome in a large, mostly empty parking lot behind a small strip mall.

Can you see the signs on the strip mall in the distance?

The strip mall had two stores that are high on our list:  A Jersey Mike’s sub shop and one of those small chain coffee houses from Seattle.  Break time Nirvana!

After lunch we continued our journey through the beautiful scenery of northern Pennsylvania and southern New York.  We exited I-390 at the small town of Dansville, NY  where we met friends Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure), who guided us through the town on NY 256 north to their cottage on the west side of Conesus Lake.  We stayed here for a month four years ago when they still lived in a farm house a few  miles to the west.  At that time there was no structure on the lake property, as it was set up to park their motorhome there for the summer.  Since then they have constructed a small cottage, while maintaining the motorhome utilities and parking.  Our motorhome is backed up very closely, end to end, with theirs.

Tailgating to the extreme!

The view out our front door

Deep intellectual discussion on the deck

While we enjoy spending time with Dave and Sue, our real purpose for staying here is to visit with Lewis.

Lewis loves the treat lady!

He thinks he is a lap dog

Lewis is very un-trained – he required detailed instructions to help make the bed!

A bit of golf was high on the schedule

Pam’s mother lives in Clayton, NY, a small town on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.  After a few days on the lake we left the motorhome parked at Dave and Sue’s and headed north in the Jeep for a visit with her.

More on that in our next post . . .

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19 Responses to Heading East – Part 3

  1. Ingrid says:

    Well, you’ve got an excellent excuse for not blogging … family and friends always come first. Sounds like a fun time all around!

  2. Laurel says:

    Looks like you’ve been enjoying great times with family and good friends. Lewis is obviously thrilled! Love the sign on the elementary school. And your “collusion” reference. 🙂

  3. Sherry says:

    Love the school sign. We’re very familiar with Whytheville but had no idea they had such a great sense of humor. Great picture of you two outside the Brew Pub. LOL at the “no collusion” reference. Wow that’s some family to put on an instant family reunion for you. Great picture of the 4 of your family. Everyone looks so happy. Sweet – dual motorhomes and dual jeeps. Nice deck and great views. What a sweet place for the summer. Love Lewis the Lapdog. Every standard poodle I’ve ever known is a great dog. Sure you don’t need one of your very own Pam? Or would Lewis be too jealous?

  4. I’ve kept up with your whereabouts on FB but it’s nice to get all the scoop and see the photos!

  5. Gay says:

    Family and friends…just doesn’t get any better. Time sure has a way of flying by! Great picture of you and Jessica at the pub! Sue and Dave’s cottage on the lake is beautiful.

  6. georgeyates says:

    You have had a very nice tour . nice to see you catching up with us again.

  7. Sheila says:

    What a beautiful “bed-maker-helper” you have there! He is certainly the life of the party. What a treat to visit with them on the lake. Enjoy your time visiting with family and friends!

  8. Sue says:

    Great picture of the Wright siblings! It looks like you had a good time with Jessica et al and we’re glad we’re situated nicely between York and Clayton so you’ll be sure to stop for a visit. Lewis would be inconsolable if he knew you just flew by without coming to stay…..Us too.

  9. Nancy says:

    Fun times with family! Loved that Collusion was open for you! Still giggling over No Collusion!!

    Enjoy!

  10. “No collusion” – HAHAHAHAHA! No comment….

    Looks like a great way to spend the summer – good friends, close family, and the happiest dog EVER. I’m sure it’s nice to just park the RV and not have to move for a bit while you get to surround yourself with great people and paws. The lake views probably don’t hurt either.

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    You cannot beat that view out your front door, especially when it comes with 4 legged friends!

  12. Alicia Baker says:

    You guys are looking good – fun travels as always!

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    How fun the family was able to get together – great pics! I agree the no collusion is hysterical – and so “John” :-))) So nice your hosts left you some room to come back after taking up so much of your spot with a cottage! Sweet views from home and the deck for Lewis and his favorite humans. Deep intellectual discussion…..uh huh.

  14. It sure is great to have friends that can take in your MH who happens to have a hairy dog who awaits your arrival! Instant family reunion, that one I really liked, it is always great to see family once in a while. Love that photo in front of the No Collusion pub, you both looked great!

  15. LuAnn says:

    Although I know the heat and humidity were not the most friendly, it looks like you both had a wonderful time with family and friends. Safe travels as you make your way back west.

  16. Erin says:

    Keeping busy with friends and family is a good reason for the blog to be silent.

  17. geogypsy2u says:

    Nice to see more of your journey. Convenient to have such a great place to park, if a little tight, to visit Lewis.

  18. Upriverdavid says:

    I do believe I heard today from the orange-cheeto that yes there is a collusion……You have pictures!
    Good to see you folks are having fun, we are on fire back here in the West…

  19. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    It sure is nice to have friends in an awesome spot with room for their RV friends!

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