Monday, February 26, 2007

Twilight Zone

You remember that Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner and the devil-head question box at that odd cafe? We're stuck in a cross between that episode and the one where the couple find themselves in a vacant town. This is one bizarre place.

Technically, we're several miles north of a town called Lexington in Virginia. At least that's what it said on the map. Didn't actually see a town, so we'll go with what the road signs indicate. We passed Lexington by, since it was several miles off the highway, and stopped instead a few miles up the road where there were motels close by. Aside from a Pancake House and a Texaco filling station, that's all that's here. There are three hotels and about that many cars parked at each place, which have more than 100 rooms each...97 of them vacant.

There is one employee in this place - a chain-smoking 20-year-old named Jessica, who spends more time outside the front door than behind the counter. Pleasant though, and she gave us the heads up that the pancake house closed in 50 minutes, so we were able to eat dinner.

Kinda creepy walking around a road side stop full of places for people to stay without any people here. Kinda reminiscent of "The Shining," as well, without the snow or Jack.

Anyway, that was the most eventful stuff of the day. A long slog on Highway 40 through Nashville and Knoxville, neither town all that interesting looking from the highway. After more than 2,000 miles on Interstate 40, we finally turned north on Interstate 81. At least the weather was fine today, hardly any wind and just patches of clouds the entire way.

The forecast is for some light snow in New York tomorrow, but it is supposed to subside by the time we arrive in the afternoon. Wednesday night we talk with the co-op board for an informal meet and greet and then we move in Thursday morning. We're ready to be in our new place, as you might imagine. Just gotta get out of this empty town alive first.

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