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West Virginia’s Miss Vickie: Let Go, Let God

Miss Vickie's famous Dodge 1950 Ram

My travels have blessed me with countless—countless—chance encounters. From a fry cook walking across America before he goes blind, to a homeless Vietnam veteran, and the people who shared their journeys with cancer with me, I have been blessed, and my character molded by each one of them. Perhaps none so much as Miss …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Why Visit a West Virginia Coal Mine?

The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV is worth a stop

We all do it. We drive the same stretch of road time and again, never stopping to see what those “little brown signs” are enticing us to visit along the way. With family in Ohio, I’ve traveled from Charlotte on I-77 through West Virginia at least 50 times. I was always …

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Explore Pocahontas County, West Virginia by Motorcycle

"Over Bonnie" mural in Marlinton, WV

There’s nothing like early spring in the Appalachian Mountains! Frosty mornings, sunny afternoons, and gorgeous sunsets that you can watch through trees whose branches aren’t yet covered in leaves all remind you that it’s great to be alive. Here’s a ride report from my trip through Pocahontas County, West Virginia …

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Charlotte to Chattanooga: A Four-Day Itinerary

The TN Aquarium is a great family attraction

Fox 46’s “Good Day Charlotte” producer asked me what I’d recommend to someone looking for a quick getaway from the Queen City if they had four days to travel. Easy answer: Chattanooga. I wrote about my first visit to Chattown last summer and this is a good time up update my report. …

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Alonzo Cushing and my Gettysburg visit

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is as good as any Epcot attraction!

First Lieutenant Alonzo “Lon” Cushing was decorated with the nation’s highest military honor for his service at Gettysburg. The presentation was more than 150 years in  the making. A West Point graduate, during the era of Cushing’s service, the Medal was not presented to officers. He fought at Bull Run, Anteitum, …

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Leaf Peeping and More in the Smoky Mountains

Dome at Stone Mountain State Park

With a fabulous forecast in the region this week and weekend, I’m headed to the Smoky Mountains! Nothing like fresh air, beautiful scenery—hopefully some local apples—to invigorate the soul! If you headed to the Smokies and are interested in camping at the beautiful KOA in Cherokee, North Carolina, good news: I called …

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What’s behind the Haunted House at Creekside Manor?

I was genuinely frightened when Hell Dog lunged at me while touring Hagerstown/Antietam KOA

I occasionally contribute to the KOA (Kampgrounds of America) blog. Last year, I was speaking at a Maryland cancer event and got a tip that a nearby campground operated a haunted house with a regional draw. I agreed to check it out, surprised by how much haunted houses have changed since I …

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Chattanooga, You’re More than Your Tourist Traps!

Statue detail The International Towing & Recovery Museum

Headed from Cherokee, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee I started seeing billboards for Rock City and its sister properties on Lookout Mountain everywhere. They gave me a Wall Drug Store feeling. If you don’t know what I mean by that, you’ve never been within 500 miles of South Dakota. Promotions for the …

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Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cherokee public art bear

I created this free guide to planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just click the link below. No registration required.   As I ascended the foothills toward Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains on my motorcycle, a refreshing breeze of magnolia and jasmine wafted through my visor. It was a …

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