After weeks of planning and preparation, I had found that I still had many last minute things to do and pack the night before our 2-week driving adventure to Taos, New Mexico for Jill Badonsky’s Camp Creative Thunder retreat from my hometown on the east coast of Virginia. My husband and I had every intention of getting up around 6:45 a.m. after a good 8 hours of sleep. Instead it was closer to 9:30 a.m. when I got up with 6 hours of sleep after I was able to finally settle in around 3:30 a.m.
Fortunately, the weather and traffic was on our side as we began our journey at 10:45 a.m. It was 11:15 a.m. by the time we fueled up and got on the highway (I-64 west). The first 5.5 hours of driving went smoothly until we encountered a downpour in the West Virginian mountains around the small city of Lewisburg. Our visibility was compromised, so we decided this was a good place to stop as the storm system passed. We are about 275 miles from home and it is close to 5 p.m. on a Friday, so we decided that this was a good time seek a place for dinner.
We found a wonderful local restaurant called Food and Friends in historic downtown Lewisburg less than 10 minutes from the interstate. Their menu had a great selection of savory choices; but it was their Friday night special that caught our attention: filet mignon with crab cakes, which were beyond fabulous as was their atmosphere and hospitality! The service and food were exemplary. We will definitely need to revisit next time we pass through West Virginia.
After our dining respite, we decided to fill up our gas tank while we were in town; we were back on the interstate by 6: 45 p.m. After about 2 more hours of driving, we decided we should find a hotel to rest for the night. At 9:15 p.m. we arrived at Hampton Inn Hotel in Barboursville, West Virginia.
We drove a total of 425 miles on day 1, which is about 100 less miles than we intended; but, we were tired and we felt we could get a fresh start Saturday morning. The Hampton Inn’s king sized bed with pillowed mattress was perfect for a good night’s sleep. We were delighted with our accommodations, which included breakfast in the morning, more about that in Road Trip Day 2.
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