Our plans are to stay in the Walmart parking lot in Front Royal, Virginia, tonight. They told us we had to park in the far back lot but that was filled with commercial 18-wheelers so we went to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant lot and parked there. They are known to be RV friendly. We unhooked the Jeep, left the RV at Cracker Barrel and went to Shenandoah National Park where we drove on Skyline Drive, a scenic road atop the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The road reminded us of the Natchez Trace Parkway that we drove recently except steeper and more curves. There are many pull-outs, and instead of historic points of interest these are scenic overlooks. The visitor center was still closed for the season and the several campgrounds in the park do not open until late in May.
Although it was a nice warm sunny day there was still some snow and ice remnants on the north sides. The roads were clean and dry.
When we returned to the RV we discovered that while we were gone all the commercial trucks had left the Walmart back lot but a caravan of RV’s had taken over. They are French-speaking Canadian snowbirds on their way back to Quebec, Canada, and traveling together. A few more RV’s showed up later, there are seventeen of us all together in these two lots.
- Gasoline Expense: $135 @ $3.25
- Lodging Expense: none
- Entrance Fee to Shenandoah National Park: Free with Bernie’s National Senior Pass