Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Road Trip Day 28: The First Real Rain of the Trip

The first thing that happened this morning--we crossed into Virginia. Armed with new batteries in my camera, I was able to photograph the bright red cardinal that is Virginia's state bird.

This was the first day in our so far 28-day trip when we have actually had rain. It's pretty amazing when you think about it..twenty-seven days with nothing more than a couple of sprinkles. Most days were sunny and pleasant. Good Karma, I guess; either that or my late Mom is pulling strings up there for me with the big Guy.

Most of the morning I was unable to get much in the way of pictures, as the rain just made everthing gray and dreary. The clouds seemed to be hanging low, and there was a bit of fog obscuring things, too.

When it was time for lunch, we stopped at Five Guys in Staunton, Virginia. (Yep, that's my white Chevy in the picture above.) I don't know if you remember, but Five Guys in Washington, D. C., is one of The Obama family's favorite places for burgers. And with good reason! The burgers are awesome. The fries are fresh cut; nothing served at Five Guys is frozen.

Our first visit to a Five Guys Restaurant was in Fairfax, Virginia, a few years ago when we visited our son there. He's the same one who now lives in the Seattle area, and yes, he took us to Five Guys there as well. We were hooked from the first visit!

The best part of it all is that the quality is consistent. The burgers in Fairfax, Seattle, and Staunton were all excellent; the fries are consistently delicious as well. The chain is expanding, and if there isn't a store near you now, there may be soon. It's important that I mention that I am not being compensated in any way for my comments about Five Guys. I'm just a believer in spreading the word about an excellent product!
Today's lunch at Five Guys was definitely the high point of this gloomy day. The manager was very friendly and spent several minutes talking to us about his restaurant and the fact that the Five Guys philosophy is to only use the best ingredients, and serve a limited menu, but do it in the finest way. I would have to say, they are achieving their goal. I hope Five Guys comes to Maine, soon.

The part of Virginia we drove through was very rural. Lots of trees, fields, and farms.

We saw more leaves changing color.. I only wish the sun had been shining so the colors would be brighter.
The rain was intermittent in the afternoon. Sometimes we thought the sky was clearing, and then the clouds would darken, and the rain would return.
The countryside was quite scenic.

Then we crossed into West Virginia;

Again, more trees, more colors!
Then just a few minutes in Maryland....

You can see, the rain was still hitting the windshield as I tried to photograph this tree with the very red leaves!
Then into Pennsylvania! We are spending the night in Chmbersburg.

In the middle of farm country. We've passed lots of cows and sheep. I don't think I'll need to count them to sleep tonight! I'm really beat. This may be our last night on the road...depends on how things go tomorrow.

videoThis video shows you most of what we saw today! Thanks for coming along. Night all!


Joanna Jenkins said...

FOUR states!?!?! Phew!

I think I'd have just camped out at Five Guys and had burgers again tomorrow for breakfast, lunch and dinner :-)

Good luck with the rain.

jules said...

Aww. Too bad you couldn't pop by Annapolis! I wouldnt have steered you in the right direction for a nice dinner! Drive safely. I heard something about a wintry mix of weather a bit north from us. Hope your drive goes ok!

lakeviewer said...

You're moving! Tell us again how long you'll be on the road?

Cathy said...

Wow, has it really been 28 days already?!

I was telling my hubby about your trip and he said "Are we going to do something like that someday?" I said "Of Course!!" Eva is making it look like so much fun!

Vodka Logic said...

Loving all the state signs, how many have you been in now?

Meeko Fabulous said...

Eva! You guys are hauling ass! LOL! :) I'm so happy to be able to take this trip with you. I'm almost sad it's coming to an end. I swear it was just yesterday that we all embarked on this journey with you!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

you've had some great weather. love the flashy front to the restaurant.

Gloria said...

Colin and I are now planning on taking a road trip. Yours is obviously so much fun and it's a real joy to join you on this road blogger journey. 28 days . . . where did it all go?

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about all your travels. I love Five Guys burger place. Been there a half-dozen times. Great food.

Jen said...

This has been quite a trip ....thanks for blogging [ your pictures and words] Enjoyed every day...and didn't have to leave home, yet visited many states and ate in places we don't have here in Maine...Thank you Eva and Joe!

The Retired One said...

Too bad it rained but as you said, you had pretty good weather for MOST of your trip, so that was good.
Virginia and West Virginia and the Carolina's were beautiful to me when we traveled it last February. The mountains were breathtaking. So glad you have been safe. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

dogimo said...

There's nothing like a good rain to make you want to not stop.

I appreciate the plug here, for Five Guys. People shouldn't feel shy about possibly appearing to shill for this or that company - if the company's good, then it's a good service to pass it along to others with a recommendation. If I see a Five Guys, I'll know to stop by. The inside of the restaurant looks strikingly like In N' Out Burger - another fresh hot burger place with fresh-cut fries and a fiercely loyal consumer base. Personally, I say In N' Out is overrated. They're a very good fast food joint, but not to the level their partisans tout.