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Walking Down US Highway 11 – Winchester, Virginia to Louisiana

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Entries from September 2008

Aha! Solved the Mysterious Bicycle Sign

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some endless digging (well, only ten minutes on Google and Wikipedia) and I have solved the mystery of the bicycle sign shown here: This is from U.S. Bicycle Route 76. That route, established by the U.S. government in 1982 (see, we aren’t all a waste of money) runs from Illinois through to […]

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Day 15 – A Swinging Bridge, a Tee Pee, and a Mysterious Sign

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Today we walked from south of Natural Bridge through Buchanan, Virginia. The walk was 95% countryside with only one town. The weather started at 55 degrees F and quite foggy and ended at sunny and 80 degrees. Once again the predicted rain did not occur. If you are a farmer desiring rain, […]

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Tags: Botetourt County · Rockbridge County · Virginia

Day 14 – American History and Roadside Americana

September 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Today we walked through Lexington, Fancy Hill, and Natural Bridge, Virginia. The weather returned to normal conditions: 65 in the morning and 80 in the afternoon with clear skies. We walked another 15 miles. Lexington was founded in 1778. This is a great small city to visit. It has two historical universities […]

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Tags: Rockbridge County · Virginia

My Tan is Unbalanced

September 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

by Dwayne Phillips I am walking in a south westerly direction each day. I don’t walk north and I don’t walk east.  The sun hits my in the back and on my left side in the morning. The sun gradually moves around to hit my face and right side in the afternoons. Maybe someone who […]

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Day 13 – History in a Rural Walk (plus a drive-in)

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Today we walked through the village of Fairfield, Virginia (that’s what their sign read – “village”). That was the only town or village or anything we transited). We covered about 13 miles. Rain was forecast, but except for some drizzle in the morning, we were dry. The three miles north of Fairfield […]

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Tags: Rockbridge County · Virginia

Day 12 – Apartments to Motels, Diners to Houses

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Today we walked through Mint Springs, Greenville, and Steeles Tavern, Virginia. The first and the last were wide spots in the road. We covered 15 miles. The weather was odd. We started at cloudy, windy, and 55 degrees F. We ends at light rain, windy, and 52 degrees. Is this September? Mint […]

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Tags: Augusta County · Rockbridge County · Virginia

Day 11 – Surprise South of Fort Defiance

September 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

by Dwayne Phillips I survived two visits to the dentist. Back on the road again. Ahhhhhhh. Today we walked through Mount Sidney, Fort Defiance, Verona,  Staunton, and Folly Mills, Virginia. We covered 14 miles. The weather was great again: 52 degrees F this morning and 72 degrees this afternoon. Rain is forecast for the next […]

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Tags: Augusta County · Virginia

On the Road – Literally

September 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Note: I’m visiting the dentist later this morning. I believe he is going to do some major work. Ouch! So, here is another odd essay about taking a walk. The late Charles Kuralt did his “On the Road” pieces for CBS News for 20+ years. I loved those as a kid. One […]

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Tags: Health · Observations

My Left Leg is Too Short

September 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Note: We are back home this weekend. I went to the dentist on Monday and will go back again on Tuesday. Now we hope to be walking again on Wednesday the 24th. While not walking, I will fill my days with a few essays on topics that come to me while walking. […]

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Day 10 – The Other Turkey Statue

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Today we walked from the southern end of Harrisonburg through the town of Mt Crawford and then Burketown. This was another cool day that started at 50 degrees F and ended at 70. It was also a short day as we stopped walking at noon after nine miles and then drove back […]

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Tags: Augusta County · Rockingham County · Shenandoah County · Virginia