At the summit we struck the river road again, which we travelled for about one and a half hours when the waning light of day warned us to look for shelter for the night.
Sending out scouts, they discovered some houses about a mile distant to which we immediately directed our way. Descending the mountain we crossed a creek by wading and came to the house of a Mr. Dyer
's; he had no room for us and directed us to the residence of another of the same name about a mile distant where he knew we could find accommodations.
Tile gathering darkness was enhanced by the storm clouds which were threatening us and the occasional rain drops all concurred to hasten our steps.
Before we reached our destination quite a shower of rain commenced, and it was, I fear, with very little ceremony that we entered the porch of Mr. Dyer
He was in very moderate circumstances and could offer no supper, but furnished us with room on his floor to sleep, the excellence of which we were not long in trying.
22nd Mr. Dyer
being unable to furnish us with breakfast, this morning we started out quite early (at about 6 A. M.) for the purpose of procuring one.
About our first step brought us to the foot of a very steep hill, near which we obtained breakfast for three of our party, from Mr. Stephen Turner
, who but for his scanty stock of provisions would have fed all of us. He directed the remainder of the party to climb the hill and go down to the house of a Mr. Smith
, who, he thought, could supply us. Following his directions, we clambered up this almost precipice, and descended to the opposite valley, in one nook of which we found Mr. Smith
's house, a rude log hut of a very antique appearance, surrounded by several others of like make and different sizes.
Although he appeared to be in reduced circumstances, Mr. Smith
professed, and doubtless felt an entire willingness to accommodate the entire party, but was unable to carry out his wishes.
He did take, however, three of the party and gave them a very good meal.
We were very much amused here by an old Negro woman who assured us that in the day's travel which we had contemplated, we would have nothing more difficult—some ‘moderate hills’ to pass over, at the same time pointing to some of the Blue Ridge mountains
, as examples.
To our eyes these seemed terribly high and steep, and much beyond our ideas of ‘moderate hills.’
directed us to the residence of a Mr. Ross
, which we were to get by following the course of a creek which passed by the former's house.