Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tennessee/Kentucky: Jeff King, Day 1

When we heard Jeff King of Emigsville PA was planning to travel, hike and camp along the route of the mountain war in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky this spring, we asked for a travelogue. Here is his first-day installment. We'll be posting additional notes from Jeff every day or so plus a few of his 1,000 pictures. Thanks, Jeff!

22 May 2009
York PA to Bowling Green VA

Is there a good way to travel to Fredericksburg from South PA? I’ve tried Interstate 95 South and it is always a parking lot near Baltimore, and Washington, DC. It only gets worse in Northern Virginia. I tried Route 301 South today and it is also terrible. A normal three-hour drive at 4 a.m. turns into a five-and-half-hour test of wills at 1 p.m. on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. It seems only Route 15 to Route 17 in Virginia offers a viable alternative. So much for traffic whining.

I am staying at the Hidden Acres Campground 3 miles south of Bowling Green VA. A cozy spot that is mostly wooded. No wireless Internet, but electricity at your campsite (or the one next door in this case) and a wonderful central location for Fredericksburg / Spotsylvania. The campground is about 40 miles from Richmond. The pool is open and being used. There will be a BBQ tomorrow night at the volleyball court offered by the friendly staff and owners for $6 including cole slaw and other goodies. (I know from a past visit the pizza joint at the west end of Bowling Green leaves a bit to be desired.)

Tomorrow: Fredericksburg

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