When our Labor Day Road Trip started (I'm a little behind in my blogging) I thought the title of this post would be "George Washington Really Did Sleep Here". We drove to Harper's Ferry, W.Va and began to follow the Washington Heritage Trail. "The footsteps of America’s first president are particularly prominent and inspired creation of the 136-mile National Scenic Byway," is one sentence used to describe the trail. Sounds right up our alley.
This has to be the most poorly signed trail ever. The map provided by the website and one we picked up at the visitor center at Harper's Ferry were only vague approximations of which roads the trail followed and the on road "By Way" signs were often just plain wrong. We could find no rhyme, reason or excuse for many of them. In addition, West Virginia has a very peculiar way of telling you what route you are on. I can't even begin to tell you how it works (or doesn't work).
We saw this sign in Berkeley Springs on day two of the trip. It is perfect for the way this route is mapped and we totally understood why the residents of Cornelius Avenue were frustrated. Interesting thing is we never resorted to GPS during the trip. We had the maps of the trail and a road map of West Virginia from AAA. I think the historic nature of the route we were on put GPS out of our minds. Based on this sign it would not have helped anyway.
Despite the detours and turn arounds we had a great time as we usually do on our road trips. Oh and we saw two permanent street named Detour Road in two different states on this trip.
Here is a link to photos from the trip.