Sunday, July 27, 2014

#652 Heading west on US Route 60

Not long ago, we drove from the Atlantic Ocean half way across Virginia on US Route 60.   Yesterday, we picked up the highway where we left it and continued west.

At 2,670 miles long, US Route 60 is the 7th longest highway in the US from Virginia Beach to Quartzsite, Arizona.  

A road trip from Virginia to Missouri is our retirement celebration.  The farewell festivities ended on Friday afternoon with a too-wonderful-for-words party in Alderman Library.  We're still thinking and talking about our 7 years at UVA and that lovely Friday reception during our cross-country road trip, but we're not quite up to blogging about it.  So instead, let's talk about the beautiful 312-mile-long stretch of US Route 60 through Virginia. 

We drive south of Charlottesville to Amherst and turn right (west) on to Route 60 toward the Blue Ridge Mountains - often catching a glimpse around the corners and through the trees.

We spy a lot of kudzu, the vine that ate the south, in this part of the state.
We cross the Blue Ridge at a slightly higher elevation than we usually cross it on I-64 and the road's a bit more twisty. 
We make our way down the west side of the Blue Ridge to Lexington past Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University and this Confederate soldier.

And following these stunning views, we leave (for now) the beautiful commonwealth of Virginia.   

Yours in snapping photos from car windows,

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