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Saturday, October 19, 2013
My 26-year-old granddaughter remained in Harrisonburg following her graduation from James Madison University four years ago. The small firm for which she works decided to relocate to Santa Rosa, Calif. and invited her and a few of the employees to join them. After much consideration, she decided to go West.
When she came to Roanoke to say goodbye, she told me she was looking forward to driving a U-Haul carrying her possessions and towing her car all the way across the country. Yes, she is very brave. She also said each of the other four employees would be in similar vehicles and that they planned to form a caravan by following as closely as possible for safety and assistance, if needed. They would also be gathering in the evenings at the same location.
When thinking about it the next day, I decided this is the 2013 version of the settlers heading for the West in their covered wagons. Of course, there are many advantages today: the invention of GPS and the cellphone; the availability of food and lodging along the way; and only having to drive four 10-hour days on hard-surfaced superhighways.
Oh, there is one more advantage, and maybe the most important one ... no threat of an outlaw attack!
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday