Why would anyone ever drive a straight route from Point A to Point B when there are roads to be explored? I-64 is a boring straight shot through the Virginia countryside and a track my husband and I have taken countless times over the years.
With that in mind, we decided to meander Route 6 to return to the Shenandoah Valley, picking up that Virginia Scenic Byway to follow the James River from Richmond to Afton Mountain. Along the way we passed farms and vineyards and small river towns on the partly overcast day. My husband reminisced about canoeing the James with friends in his younger years, taking a weekend to drift from Columbia to Powhatan.
Here are photos of our meandering drive back to the mountains….
We found a gem on our trip in this outdoor museum in downtown Scottsville that described the importance of the James River in transporting goods and people from the Piedmont to the mountains. As a light rain fell, we walked around the exhibits and explored the flood wall that is now in place to help keep the James River away from this historic river town.
Route 6 as it climbs Afton Mountain.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
July 6, 2016