A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Crossing the Appalachian Mountains

In Virginia, getting close to West Virginia

This was one of my top five highlights in our road trip this past spring, hiking a small portion of the Appalachian Trail.  If you missed that post here it is.

Back on the road we crossed over what I guess was the high spot of the Appalachians in that area.  Living in California near the Sierras an elevation as this wouldn't be noted.

But short time later coming around a curve and seeing something like this really gets my attention!  I instantly let off the gas and glance overhead near the visor where I have written in large numbers the height and width of the Little House on the Highway.  Okay, we had room to spare but it does get interesting as I drive on through underpasses like this.

Only once in a little town in some state in the South did I start to go down under a railroad crossing and I noticed all the damaged concrete overhead from too tall trucks crashing into the crossing.  I didn't even have time to check my numbers.  I quickly turned right into a laundromat parking lot, stopped, checked and sure enough we would have left the air conditioner plastered to the top of the undercrossing.  "Whew!"   A homeless black man told me how to get around and back on my way.


  1. That looks pretty narrow to me for a camper like yours, like going in a tube! We see those damages very often here with trucks who don't take notice.

  2. I bet you have some interesting times and have to really think about the route that you take!

  3. I like the signs. And the tunnel. Looks kinda homemade!

  4. Yikes. I remember once seeing a semi trying to go through a lower underpass and losing the top of his trailer!

  5. oops! too close for comfort! glad you pulled off!

  6. Hi John,
    Lovely photos of the trail in the link.
    Are those Sinbad's toys in the 2nd picture?

    Have a Peaceful Day!
    Peace :)

  7. Wow that is one funky looking tunnel. I've not seen one like this.


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