North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009

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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 23:26:58 (permalink)
Leaving Harrison, I drove eastward through downtown Cincinnati to New Richmond, where US 52 begins its long stretch paralleling the Ohio River, all the way to Portsmouth OH. Just before the town of Higginsport, I encountered the small ferry boat that carries vehicles across the river to Augusta Kentucky, which is George Clooney's hometown. I was in a mood for a boat ride, so off I went.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 23:37:47 (permalink)
Arriving at the loading ramp on the Kentucky side ( sorry it's so fuzzy )...
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 23:45:00 (permalink)
Waiting for the boat back to the Ohio side. As you can see, the weather really sucked that day.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 23:50:01 (permalink)
Back to the Ohio side and highway 52.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:00:32 (permalink)
At Aberdeen OH, I crossed the majestic Simon Kenton Bridge ( built in the 1930s ) over to Maysville KY, hometown of George's aunt, the late singer Rosemary Clooney. Before crossing back, I took this shot. 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:00:37 (permalink)
Bob, I see you are making your way down south and the weather really sucked. Are you still coming back this fall, if so Wendy said we would have to get back together again. Can't wait to see how the pics turned out at Lexington #1.



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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:05:59 (permalink)
Yep, Dennis, I'll be back in late September for the Mayberry Days Festival in Mount Airy ( celebrating all things Andy! ) We'll definitely have to get together again... maybe at Snappy Lunch? The Lexington #1 photos are coming, but that was day #4, so it'll be a while.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:18:20 (permalink)
Until about ten or fifteen years ago, there were several of these nifty old Mail Pouch tobacco barns along the river stretch of US 52. Sadly, this is the last one left. 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:27:44 (permalink)
After passing through Chesapeake OH, I came upon this. At the other end of this bridge is Huntington, West Virginia and lunch at an "official" Roadfood place. More tomorrow... it's bedtime! 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 00:44:36 (permalink)
Wow....that sky in the last picture looks wicked.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 01:04:11 (permalink)
Hey!  I'm loving the scenery.  My favorite picture is the train tracks.  Something about that picture is so soothing.

So far the food pics aren't exciting, but I'm expecting more!

Okay, truth be told...

The Waffle House does excite me.  We don't have any near here and I would love a waffle!
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 09:11:09 (permalink)
Glad you're enjoying the photos, mar52. Yeah, the first two days of the trip weren't that thrilling food-wise; actually, this didn't truly turn into a "roadfood trip" until I reached North Carolina. From that point on, things really started cooking (  pun intended. ) If you prefer culinary scenery to Mother Nature's stuff, ya gotta keep checking in... it will get better.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 09:28:43 (permalink)
I'm lovin' that waffle house pic. too!! I've only been to WH once, but it was very memorable 'cause I ordered the all you can eat extravaganza and I guess I didn't eat enough because my super sweet southern granny of a waitress scolded me a little, and then she changed my bill so it said I had the # 2 ! it was like 3.00 cheaper than AYCE !  Tipped her VERY well!!! 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 09:42:00 (permalink)
Oh I love ferries; I didn't realize there was one in that area.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 10:31:31 (permalink)
I arrived in Huntington at lunch time, and, to me, lunch or dinner in the Mountain State's largest city means one thing: Stewart's Drive-In on Fifth Ave., just east of the Marshall University campus. The Mandt family has run this wonderful little stand since 1932, and it's been a regular stop of mine for over twenty years. 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 10:37:40 (permalink)
Here's a shot of the stand that I took through the windshield as I waited for the carhop to bring me my goodies.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 10:53:55 (permalink)
Like most of West Virginia, Huntington is obsessed with chili dogs "with slaw" ( "cole slaw" seems to be more of a northern term, in my experience ), so I ordered my first-ever hot dog dressed this way, along with my usual barbeque pork sandwich, with slaw, and some delicious Stewart's root beer ( IMO, second only to Dog n' Suds root beer. ) The BBQ was very good, as usual, but I was a bit disappointed in the chili-slaw dog. The kitchen forgot the mustard that I requested on it, plus the slaw's dressing ( mayo, I guess ) and the chili ran together to form a pink-colored drippy mess... I've been told that's not supposed to happen if it's prepared properly. Here is the "messy dog"...
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 11:03:38 (permalink)
Here's my barbeque sandwich with slaw. Note the Coleman thermos full of ice water on the car floor; I always travel well-prepared. Until recently, Stewart's served their root beer in glass mugs, the way it's supposed to be. I have no idea why they switched to the very-untraditional disposable cup.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 11:04:31 (permalink)
Do you know if Stewart's the restaurant is associated in any way with Stewart's Beverages?  I can't really tell from the websites.

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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 11:10:14 (permalink)
Here's a better shot of Stewart's Drive-In, whose only affiliation with Stewart's Beverages is that they serve their root beer. Michael Stern has reviewed this stand both in the current edition of Roadfood and on this site.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 11:19:46 (permalink)
After lunch at Stewart's came dessert at Jolly Pirate Donuts, a small regional chain based in Columbus OH. I had two chocolate donuts ( didn't photograph those. )
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:23:55 (permalink)
I headed south out of Huntington on WV Hwy. 152, a lengthy stretch of former US 52 that was downgraded to state highway status in the mid-'80s. From this point on, I had about five hours of winding mountain road ahead of me, with almost zero passing zones. I passed through the towns of Lavalette and Wayne before coming upon this wonderful old swinging footbridge, which churchgoers have to use to get to Sunday services.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:27:21 (permalink)
Bob, River ferries are kind of fun but are way too short. Crossing Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Michigan or vice versa can be a more interesting. In our trip last April in Louisiana we managed to make two ferry crossings.

Nice report so far. Looking forward to more. We made our first Waffle House stop in Arkansas in April. Now that we have one under our belt I doubt we'll stop again. They are OK but I would not seek them out.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:29:10 (permalink)
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:33:17 (permalink)
I am just loving this report-the scenery you captured is excellent.I love Big Boys-we no longer have them...
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:37:46 (permalink)
Another Mail Pouch barn, this one in the less common red paint scheme. As you can see, this one's in better shape than its dilapidated cousin back in Ohio.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 12:54:33 (permalink)
Thanks to road construction on both WV 152 and US 52 ( they merge just before the bizarrely-named town of Crum ) and a truck driver who insisted on going 20 mph in a 45 mph zone, I arrived in Bluefield too late to eat at my usual dinner spot, the K&W cafeteria. Dinner ended up being at the Waffle House in Wytheville Virginia; ordinarily I only eat breakfast at WH, but my options were pretty limited here. Again, my meal photo didn't come out, but here's a nice nightime shot of the WH sign. BTW, my meal was a mediocre steak and the as-always tasty hash browns.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 13:10:33 (permalink)
After my less-than-impressive dinner came the last leg of the drive to Mount Airy. I drove through Hillsville and Fancy Gap VA before hitting the North Carolina state line. Mount Airy is about five miles south of the VA/NC line, on "old" 52 ( before they built the four-lane bypass, which is now designated the Andy Griffith Parkway. ) Mount Airy is Andy's home town, and is considered to be the "real" Mayberry. I arrived at 11:00 PM ET, so this photo was taken a couple of days later. 
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 13:12:24 (permalink)
Bob, great pic's!!!! They did blunder on your slaw dog, Ready for fall and Snappy's.
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Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/27 13:22:47 (permalink)
Thanks, Wabbit. Will I see you and your guy at the Mayberry Days Festival?
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