Hadn’t been to Abingdon since returning to Southwestern Virginia five years ago, so I took a motorcycle ride over the mountains on U.S. 58 from Independence to Damascus and headed for the home of the Barter Theater on a blustery Sunday.

As expected, the outlying areas of the town have expanded a lot in 40 plus years but Main Street with the Barter Theater (above) and the Martha Washington Inn (below) looked pretty much the same as my last visit there in 1965.

The Barter has expanded with a second stage and cafe across the street and the brick sidewalks add a nice, historic touch to the town.

Came back via U.S . 11 and past the Apple Festival in Chilhowie. Not much traffic. The crowd seemed small.