A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Draper Mountain Wayside, US 11 S of Pulaski VA
Here are two views of another of Virginia's "Waysides," which once served travelers the way "rest areas" do now on the interstates. However, every one of the Waysides was different. This one has recently been partially restored. It is on US Route 11 south of Pulaski, where the road goes over Draper Mountain.
Look at that stonework in the right photo. It looks like it could be some of the Civilian Conservation Corps work. The wayside is on both sides of the road; the left photo is looking toward the portion across the highway. Some of the facilities are still grown over with weeds, but Virginia has done a nice job of restoring this place.
I love to travel blue highways, or older roads off the Interstates. I'm retired and have plenty of time to pursue this. While traveling these roads, I fit in my other two passions: hiking and railroads. (you can't exactly stop on the Interstate to watch a train go by.) I try to take my drives as if I were still in the golden age of motor travel, like the family vacations of my youth. Whenever I travel, I attempt the recreate these sorts of trips as much as possible. I'm always on the lookout for artifacts from the time when car travel was much more relaxed: Stuckeys, Howard Johnsons, Hornes. I rarely drive more than 200 or 250 miles a day.
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