Woke up excited today as we will be starting our journey down to Virginia. I managed to do most of the packing last night and only had to add last minute stuff such as toiletries this morning. So, we got ready, had breakfast, then the suitcase went into the car, followed by us. At 8:40am off we went.

The journey to the Shenandoah area is pretty straightforward. Along the 401 in Ontario, cross the border and follow the I81 all the way to Harrisonburg. Essentially one road all the way. Although you can do the whole journey in one day (approx. 1,000km) we chose to break the journey in two, stopping overnight in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as it makes it much more enjoyable and less stressful.

The journey was pretty uneventful, even crossing the border was okay. We were only one car away from the checkpoint and we had to go into get our visa waiver docs done, but a half hour later we were back on the road.

Near Syracuse, we saw one truck that had just hit a deer and destroyed its front end – the truck that is. The police were there helping out and there was quite a bit of debris on the road, including the deer, but it didn’t look like anyone was hurt. Other than this and stopping off at Dunkin Donuts for a coffee there is nothing much to report.

We arrived at our Scranton hotel – TownePlace Suites Scranton Wilkes-Barre at 3:15pm. We checked in and dumped our case in the room then wandered over to the shopping mall just up the road and had dinner at Ruby Tuesday.

We love Ruby Tuesday’s and this one did not disappoint. The server was very friendly and even told us a little of the history of the area. We both had the Smokey Mountain Chicken which is chicken covered in BBQ sauce, cheese and wrapped in bacon. We chose to have this with the salad bar rather than sides such as chips, veg etc. It was really nice, just enough without being too heavy. We paid $35.68 plus tip which was not too bad. Very nice place.