Just in Time

Day 136 • July 15, 2012 • Daleville to Natural Bridge, VA •  34 miles

We followed Highway 11 today instead of the myriad smaller roads called IMG_1164out on the TransAmerica route, except where Highway 11 and Interstate 81 coincided.  This worked out great, with lighter than expected traffic possibly due to it being Sunday morning in the Bible Belt.  There were certainly a lot of churches with overflowing parking lots this morning.  Since Catawba we’d been paralleling the Appalachian Trail.  This continued today until we crossed the James River near Buchanan. 

Mid-afternoon thunderstorms had been the norm since Wytheville and today was no exception.  Near Natural Bridge we ducked into a service station to avoid a heavy shower, where we met Rob and Big Q.  They had recently begun their journey west on the TransAmerica route.  It looks like Q left the trip in Harrisburg, IL but as of this posting Rob is still going, currently in Wyoming.

Conditions were dry the remainder of the day but increasingly threatening.   By the time we reached the actual natural bridge I was concerned that a stop there would put us in the middle of an early evening thunderstorm so I convinced Zoe to press on.  We reached a KOA Kampground east of Natural Bridge in time to enjoy one of the most intense thunderstorms of the trip while cooking dinner under a big canopy.  Intense lightning and thunder, an incredible volume of falling rain, but absolutely no wind.

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