We head down the Mass-Pike to Rt 84 south, since this is my home turf it is pretty hard to see it with new eyes, especially since it is the same terrain, slightly hilly tree covered and a dusting of old snow. We are going to stay on 84 till it ends in Scranton PA where we pick up Rt 81. By Hartford 100 miles from home I think the tranny is making more noise than I remember… (now you must understand the wrangler tranny has had 2 service bulletins because the tranny is so NOISY!!)
“how I got the shaft!!! “
When you come to Scranton just after Rt 84 ends and you get on Rt 81 on the other side of the valley to your left, most of the side of that hill is a junk yard the lonnnngest one I have ever seen, something over 1 mile long!
In Scranton we stayed at a Clarion hotel exit 184. I had joined “Half Price HotelCard”
And they got me the room for $59 instead of the $99 that I would have paid with AAA. They had a free continental breakfast and fast internet access and a Jacuzzi all for $59.
By the time we got started 10:00 AM Saturday (see “how I got the shaft!!! ”) it was snowing! . Hey, wait a moment, I took the southerly Rt to avoid the snow, and it was colder here than in Boston! The drive down to VA looked like driving in New England, snow on a divided highway with hills and trees. The snow didn’t amount to much just a nuisance. What we could see of the scenery was more farms than New England has and the hills look like someone cut them all off at the same height. The first time I came down through Pennsylvania it was cloudy and I thought the clouds where low and covering the tops of the mountains, because the hills where all the same height. The truth is they ARE all the same height.
By 3:00 PM we had gotten to Staunton VA.
Stayed at the Best Inn in Staunton VA, internet access was a “data port” (read that as phone line). The connection was so noisy it took 8 tries to make a connection and then while it lasted the connection was only at 2400. we went out to get dinner about 7:30 at night seeing as how Staunton is a college town I expected there to be a lot of inexpensive Eating and drinking establishments to be open on a Saturday night, boy was I wrong it took us about an hour to find a 50 style car hop. We passed up dinner at two other places that we found because they were too expensive. The food was mediocre but the atmosphere was really 50's. I rather enjoyed it. back to the hotel and tried the Internet again with the same results.