The open road

It is hard for us Brits to understand the sheer scale of the U.S. – we consider a 10 mile drive pretty far after all. Today we ventured up into the Blue Ridge Mountains and hit the Blue Ridge Parkway – a stretch of glorious mountain park that reaches for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. Driving along even a short stretch offers some stunning views and amazing hikes and campgrounds though bears are an issue! Parts of the road are closed off in winter months as a precaution.

 The Blue Ridge Parkway. Pic by @jabberingjourno

The Blue Ridge Parkway. Pic by @jabberingjourno

We also checked out the viewpoint at the Star of Roanoke – a huge metal star that adorns the Roanoke mountain and offers unparalleled views across the valley. 

 

 The star of Roanoke. Pic by @jabberingjourno

The star of Roanoke. Pic by @jabberingjourno

We also found time to check out local newspaper the Roanoke Times – the titles out here all appear to be broadsheet though a slimmer version. 

 The Roanoke Times. Pic by @jabberingjourno

The Roanoke Times. Pic by @jabberingjourno

And the paper itself:  

 The Roanoke Times newspaper. Pic by @jabberingjourno

The Roanoke Times newspaper. Pic by @jabberingjourno

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