Gary Allan tune, on 94.9 FM Star Country
So... 500 miles is a long way to drive in one day.
Just in case you wondered.
I traveled from Norfolk to Knoxville in Day 1 of the resumed road trip. What a great day! The sky was gorgeous, the temperature in the 70s, the sun beaming. And the scenery was breath-taking.
I drove out I-64 to I-81, which should be named Hokie Highway. Just in case I didn't realize I was passing by Blacksburg, it seemed every 10th car sported a Virginia Tech sticker or window flag. (Of course, Tech did have a home game in the NIT tonight — and won in OT!)
The Blue Ridge Mountains made such a pretty background. It felt like Mother Nature's roller coaster. Up and down the hills. Overachieving hills — or mountains in training.
On the way up, I-81 was steep enough that the two lanes widen to three to give straining trucks a place to chug along. On the way down, the highway narrowed back to two lanes.
On the side of the road, the forests gave way to pastures dotted with brown cows, straight out of a painting. Even the rest stop views were gorgeous.
And on the other side of this Exxon .... a farm:
A little later, the sun began to set. The blue pillowy clouds let the sunbeams gush through. I felt like the symphony should be playing.
But I'll happily settle for country radio.