Travel Log – 9/09/2007


Today’s travels were a mix of landscapes and cultures. We left rural southwestern Pennsylvania and traveled east along the PENN turnpike until heading south on I-70 at Breezewood. We headed south into Maryland. We were at the point where West Virginia squeezes Maryland into a narrow area amidst the Allegheny mountains. The landscape is one of beautiful rolling hills plush with deciduous trees. We continued southeast along Maryland passing Hagerstown, Frederick, and heading into Washington, D.C.

Then the landscaped changed! Roads merged in from

left and right and before we knew it, we were in the city! Rick did an excellent job of driving the Beltway while staying calm. We were pleased that we made this part of the trip on a “lazy” Sunday afternoon. Once outside D.C., we were back to a slower pace in northern Virginia until we arrived in Ashland, about 25 miles north of Richmond.

After setting up and relaxing a bit, we drove into the quaint town of Ashland. They boast a local college, founded in 1830, with 1,200 students! they have a working railroad running through the middle of town (on Railroad Avenue, of course) and lots of well maintained older homes. Tomorrow, Monday, is a “catch up” day with many activities planned: house cleaning, grocery shopping, exercise, email, and preparing for a week with our customers in Virginia.

~ Lisa and Rick



Ashland, Virginia

Ashland Facts

Ashland is a town located just north of Richmond in Hanover County, Virginia. The population was 6,619 at the 2000 census. Ashland is home to Randolph-Macon College (1830).

Originally known as Slash Cottage, it was located on the Old Washington Highway (a stage route between Richmond and Washington, D.C.) and the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, a busy north-south route now owned by CSX Transportation. The tracks run through the center of town, and the area near the Ashland train station is a popular train-watching site for railfans.