Beautiful clouds over our Salem, Virginia RV space.
This morning we said good-bye to my cousin, Gail, and were on our way out of Salem, Virginia by 8:30 am. We picked up I-81 and headed north to Winchester. This is where we decided to connect with Hwy. 50. It actually begins at the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland, but we didn't want to go there just to then reverse direction to come back the same way. We started here in Winchester.
Highway 50 is called "The Loneliest Road" in the book Roadtrip USA by Jamie Jensen. On the cover it says "cross-country adventures on America's two-lane highways." This is one of the great travel books from Moon Publishing Company. I cannot say enough great things about their travel handbooks. They are all fantastic. In Roadtrip USA, they chart the trip on Hwy. 50 from west to east. We are going from east to west.
Not long after entering West Virginia the road begins a slow progression up, and down, some mountain passes. They aren't high in elevation, but can be steep in grade percentages. Today we encountered a 9% grade and 2 7% grades. We took it slow. Well, you can't really do it any other way since the road winds around the mountains often. In most places our speed was 30 to 40 mph. You will not want to take this route if you are in a hurry.
We got to the small town of Romney, West Virginia in the early afternoon. We had selected a campground from the Trailer Life Directory and it was just west of the town. It was south of the highway some 4 miles, but we find those adventures interesting much of the time. On these small roads you sometimes have to drive a few miles to find some parks or campgrounds. Romney has a population of less than 2,000. With the Potomac River nearby this is a favorite location for fishing, canoeing, swimming and boating.
I posted a RV Park Review on a second post today. Check that out for a look at the Wapocoma Campground.
Until next time......so long for now!
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