The drive began as usual and eventually cruised through Charleston, WV with the distinctive gold-domed courthouse.
Normally, the drive towards Monterey is a mix of great natural beauty coupled with depressed small towns in various states of disrepair. Imagine my surprise when I approached from a different direction, south, and after passing through Hot Springs came upon The Homestead, a golf & tennis resort, and a very upscale country look.
Warm Springs, my ultimate destination, is only 10 miles north and populated with very nice inns, hotels, restaurants, etc... I highly recommend this over Monterey, Staunton or other areas north of here. The drive from here to Monterey is much closer than I thought, only 35 minutes. I'm staying at the The Inn at Gristmill Square. If any of you are familiar with the Buxton Inn in Granville this is similar but on steroids, especially the restaurant. Have the option of sitting outside on a deck or in the comfortable interior. Eclectic menu where anyone can find something to like. Cool courtyard with a pub!!!!!! Holy mackerel, hope I can ride tomorrow. Finally, get this, after I told them I was leaving too early to take advantage of the breakfast they said no problem, we'll bring it by tonight! Also, no add-ons for wireless internet, local calls, etc.. Great value.