Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On to Virginia

After a great Father's Day and time with Joan and Mike and their kids, we left Maynardville, TN for Charlottesburg, VA.  We have enjoyed some great weather and are looking forward to seeing our kids who are in VA and MD.

We stayed on Joan and Mike's property which has everything we need except a sewer hookup. We only had about 20 gallons in the black tank so we drove with it that way.
Over the last 20 years, we have made the VA-TN trip many times.  But this is the first time we have taken the northern route from Maynardville to Tazwell and across the Clinch Mountain Range.  It was  just spectacular and a beautiful alternative to going through the Knoxville and the Interstate there.

From Tazwell, we joined up with I-26 before joining the familiar and very busy I-81.
While the view was great the half full black tank was emoting a big stink.  The black tank was sloshing around and we opened a few windows in strategic places.
Note to self:  Need to empty the black tank before we travel.

We arrived at our KOA spot in the early afternoon and will be here for four days.
When I hooked up the electric and water I saw the source of the smell.  The tub in our wet bay way half full of black tank liquids.  (I took a picture of it, but thought better of posting it...) How it got there is still a mystery.

It took me about twenty minutes to drain it and clean it all up.  I carry extra bottles of bleach and pine sol-like cleaners for just that reason.

I will have to see if I can figure out if there are loose connection into the black tank from the toilet or the flush spray connection.

Meanwhile, we have a very nice spot near the forest and a campfire pit which we will be using.  And a few days to explore some history.

That's it this time on the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for stopping by...


  1. We plan to stay at the Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA when we go north. If that's where you are, I'd appreciate you thoughts on it. Thanks.

    1. We stayed at the Staunton VA KOA last October in a 40 ft motorhome, and liked it fine. . .sorry, I neglected to take any pics of the park. . .

  2. I checked out your route because in October we will be heading out from Roanoke to TN. Have you been to the D-Day memorial in Bedford? Wonderful, small memorial.

  3. Hope you find the source of the leak!

    Karen and Steve
    (our blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  4. oh good grief. . .it's always somethin' huh? Hope it's a simple fix. . .we were in that area last fall to visit Shenandoah NP. . .just in time for the big government shutdown. . .so we will need to return at some point for another visit. . .boo hoo!

  5. I was thinking that smell wasn't right...although with a fiver we aren't riding with it!...I hate toilet issues..We have had ours on our kitchen floor on numerous occasions...I't's always something, right?