Mid-May and June proved an extraordinarily busy period that resulted in a month long, unplanned hibernation for Moby. Every time I stepped in the garage over the past several weeks, part of me wanted to drop everything, shed the chores of daily life and saunter off behind the wheel, even if only for a few hours. However, with the end of school and the fact that we are in the middle of some intense home renovations on which progress must be made, the freedom to indulge myself was not at hand. Last weekend, when Martha asked if there was anything special I wanted to do the following day to celebrate Father’s Day part of my decision came without hesitation; I wanted to get Moby out on the road. But where to go?
During previous summers, we managed to take some time to explore the small towns that surround us (unfortunately not always in the bus), and so some of these became options for our Sunday cruise. After a little bit of discussion and coordinating with my in-laws, we decided to visit one such town situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and celebrate the day with an extended-family lunch.
Sperryville, Virginia, the destination of choice, is located along the Thornton River where Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) intersects Route 211 (Lee Highway) as the latter meanders another seven miles to the Thornton Gap entrance of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive. Established in 1817, Sperryville remains a picturesque, quaint country town that is home to a general store, restaurants, bakeries, a variety of shops, and the Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast among others. The location is ideal as numerous summer travelers, accessing the National Park or the countless hiking trails nearby, take some time to visit the town. Since moving to Virginia, we visited Sperryville numerous times and always recommend the town to visitors and house guests as a stop before or after visiting the park or Old Rage Mountain, if not just as a fun day trip.