Taking Care of Business

Bob and Ginger arrived Saturday night in their 2004 Winnebago Brave, dollying a Honda Fit with two kayaks on top and two bikes hitched to their back ladder. Bob was retired 30 year Marine whose second career was a Gauley and New River raft guide and whose third chapter is (mostly) full time RVing. He and Eric were fast friends, exchanging military duty logs and establishing a new RV adventure connection. Bob was telling Eric about how he put the Brave in for service and they disconnected the propane. He didn’t realize this and everything that should run on propane … Continue reading Taking Care of Business

Mountaineer-ing at Battle Run

It was a 107 site sell-out at Battle Run Campground last night. Likely one of the last weekends for crews to party together before kids are back to school on Monday. Eric had the spy glasses out, coveting Chaparrals to Sea Rays. Raft ups, kids tubing, teenagers SUP’ing, 8 year olds kayaking alongside Moms and Dads. Even Grandma was out on a pontoon, telling Sheri later in the rest room that a good day is boating and a bowel movement. Yikes! The days at Summersville Lake are filled with on-and-off the water activities like pick-up volleyball and basketball games, corn … Continue reading Mountaineer-ing at Battle Run

Summersville Lake

Sadly, we are nearing the end of our Reboot Roadtrip. What began as a 33 day journey both starting and ending in Bradenton, shifted when 33 days became 50 and the round trip became one way, trading central Florida springs for Appalachia mountains, rivers, lakes and forests and a return to DC. The change of scenery and total break from routine has given us a change of perspective, attitude and possibility. Spending a week per campground on e-bikes is getting to know the immediate and stretch areas around us, letting us act like locals. It’s leveraging maps for both the … Continue reading Summersville Lake

Welcome to Wonderland

With a decent round at Adventures on the Gorge’s Raven’s Ridge and a busted round at Chestnut Creek Campground with Seth, before we headed south for 4 nights at Summerville Lake we went north for supplies and 18 holes at ACE Adventure Resort’s Wonderland course. The online description: The course spans 40 acres winding around the crown of Wonderland Mountain. The holes vary from rolling meadows and pastures to tight and technical. The course is still a work in progress with additional signage, grounds keeping, mowing and tee work to be done. Please be patient with our progress and enjoy … Continue reading Welcome to Wonderland

Nuttallburg in Four Bars

While George Vanderbilt was constructing his gilded Biltmore estate in Asheville, about 250 miles north of him British entrepreneur John Nuttall saw opportunity in the coal rich New River gorge and began buying land and building infrastructure just before the C&O Railway was completed there. His town, Nuttallburg, became the second of more than 50 mining towns in the New River gorge to mine and ship the “smokeless” coal to industrial cities across America. Fifty years later, Henry Ford would lease the Nuttallburg operation in a “vertical integration” quest to gain control of all aspects of his automobile construction, including … Continue reading Nuttallburg in Four Bars

Build it and they will come

We woke up to a steady downpour and raced home to Betty late in the afternoon in front of another punishing downpour. In between thunderstorms, we roamed north of the bridge looking for local fun and adventure. We began with the obvious; a return to the National Park’s visitor center. With the Nuttallburg family reunion finally over, the theater was free to return to their feature presentation, an 11 minute commercial for the importance of National Parks – especially parks in West Virginia. While containing some unique footage of the gorge in the time of coal mining, it gave no … Continue reading Build it and they will come

New River Dance

The primary purpose of heading north to West Virginia was to raft the Gauley River.  Ever since we had taken a white water rafting trip to California, we lamented that West Virginia was in our backyard and we never got there.  As the only world class whitewater on the East coast, it was a mere 260 miles away from Asheville, so time grab the brass ring.  Eric started exploring Outfitter options and discovered you can only raft the Gauley on 22 specific days during reservoir release, starting in September. The good news was that the New River was dancing spiritedly … Continue reading New River Dance

Walk this Way

At 4:34 AM we were woken by a well-done thunderous applause from the rainman. Still going strong, the river should be flowing fast today if the weatherman’s prediction of sunshine by 7 comes true. Today we’re doing the Tuesday in August Lower River BOGO deal with New and River Gauley River Adventures. After the Canyon Rim visit yesterday we stopped by their office, tucked back like a treehouse in the woods and less than a mile from our RV park. It’s an all-inclusive trip, bring only your adventurous spirit and nothing you don’t want to lose. They go rain or … Continue reading Walk this Way

Gorge-ous!

After slaying Asheville we looked at the return to Florida legs of our Reboot Roadtrip and decided springs and lakes were tame, what about white water? 260 miles north is New River Gorge, West Virginia. After rafting the Class IV wild and scenic Toulumne River near Yosemite 8 years ago on an OARS trip, we had the WV Gauley on our list but never got around to it. Six hours from DC – I guess we were just “too busy.” The Gauley is the monster rapids of the East Coast, ideal in Fall and Spring but a rocky mess right … Continue reading Gorge-ous!

Biking Biltmore

On our way out of the Biltmore yesterday, we stopped at Antler Village information center and asked for the trail map. “Are you renting bikes here or bringing yours on your car?” The attendant politely asked. “We’re riding them here,” we said. “I don’t know if you are allowed to ride them on. We’re not really bike friendly here,” she explained. “Let me call and see if that is allowed. “But you rent bikes here – you must be bike friendly?” we asked with an eyebrow cocked. “We don’t like them on the roads. The trails are okay and I … Continue reading Biking Biltmore