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cranky from the heat

I guess I'm officially back on the home turf now. Carlos woke up much earlier than I did, as he usually does and went off to breakfast while I slept in for another couple of hours. (It was a very good dream.) I decided to skip breakfast - the buffet was okay, but $13 is a little stiff for something not noticeably better than the breakfast at the Sheraton Bloomington. Well, okay, the Canaan Valley Resort did offer grits along with biscuits & gravy, but it's still not worth $13. I wound up doing lunch in a diner along WV 28 between Cabins and Seneca Rocks, and although I paid $15 for it, the diner lunch was definitely better. Sweet potato fries, BBQ pork sandwich, and homemade blackberry cobbler a la mode. Mmmmm.

The drive was definitely prettier in the daylight than it would have been after dusk. Awesome mountain views, cute little hollows, and signs all over the place proclaiming 9% grades uphill and 10% downhill with a lot of 25 mph curves. Careful now. On the other hand, about the time I passed through Petersburg it was 97 degrees downtown and 100 in Mooresfield. It felt a LOT hotter (though no more humid) than the 91-94 I'd dealt with easily in Dayton. The heat didn't let up when I got down into the Shenandoah Valley proper and started buzzing along first I-81 and then I-66, and I was out of fluids, so I pulled off at the first exit from 66 and stopped at a McDonald's for Diet Coke, a refill of my water bottle, wi-fi ($2.95/2 hours, unfortunately) and making a couple of calls now that I can actually make and get phone calls again.

On the agenda: lunch with P (a salad or maybe just a soda for me) and dinner with RS. I may not actually get to the ancestral homestead until tomorrow, but we'll see.