Just before Ellett we saw this unusual bridge and have heard that it is part of an experimental highway to test new technologies. We turned east on 785 (Old Blacksburg Rd.) and had a beautiful ride through many old ranches along the north fork of the Roanoke River.
When we got to the store in Catawba we were bushed and called our host for the night, Bill. We were introduced to Bill and Annie via email through Carolee, a good friend in Salinas. Bill's directions had indicated a serious climb to get to their house and when we called he said he would come meet us at the store. He pulled up in a pickup truck and we were saved! It took two trips and we soon were sipping on cold beers and looking forward to a home cooked meal.