Travel Date Range: October 11 – 13
Summary: After a night at a Boondocker’s Welcome site, a day-long biking tour of Charleston, WV, and another night in the most scenic Walmart we’ve ever seen, we make our way to Alderson, West Virginia.
From our visit to Whitehouse, Ohio, we traveled on to just south of Columbus where we stopped at a Boondockers Welcome location. Boondockers Welcome is a community of folks who, for just $25 a year, allow others to park overnight on their property for free. Usually there is no water or electric, so you essentially boondock for a night, hence the name. This was our first time trying it, and we had a great experience! Thanks to Randy and Vikki Turner for their spacious parking spot!
The next morning we drove about 2 hours to Charleston, West Virginia’s capital and largest city. We wanted to spend some time in Charleston, so planned to overnight in a Walmart parking lot south of the city. Most people would probably advise against trying to get a fifthwheel into a city that you are unfamiliar with, but we threw caution to the wind and got off the interstate in the heart of Charleston.
While Charleston was not the most bike-friendly of designs, we made our way all around the city within a few hours. We saw the riverfront, the gold-capped capital building, the government campus, the war memorials, and the shops and restaurants. It was a beautiful day and the sun absolutely glowed off the top of the capital building! We had the place all to ourselves due to the holiday.
That night we became very aware of two very present things in West Virginia besides the mountains: Trains and coal.
Walmart was right next to a coal distribution facility. Let’s just say Tom didn’t get much sleep that night. (Caitlin on the other hand can sleep through almost anything)
We finally made it to our family’s house and tucked the RV into a beautiful little spot for the next month!
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