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North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009

My NC roadtrip actually started on Wednesday, April 29th. That morning, I got on the road at about 6:00 AM, and my first stop was for breakfast at the Round The Clock family restaurant on US 30 in Schererville IN. With the exception of a bad biscuits n' gravy meal last January, I've never had a bad breakfast at RTC, which is one of a small NW Indiana chain. 
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 17:39:55 (permalink)
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 17:45:27 (permalink)
    In the above photo, you can see how the restaurant was recently remodeled with an "Old World" look. Below is my breakfast of eggs, sausage patties, American fries and toast.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 17:56:06 (permalink)
    After a hearty breakfast, I headed south on US 41 to Kentland IN, where I picked up US 52. This is the highway that I stay on almost exclusively to my father's hometown of Mount Airy, NC. Between Lafayette and Lebanon, I passed a now-closed 1950s diner that the Sterns reviewed in the 1980 edition of Roadfood. At the time, it was known as Shirley's Diner. 
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 18:02:44 (permalink)
    US 52 is, IMO, one of the most scenic and interesting highways in the US. 
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 18:05:11 (permalink)
    good looking breakfast, everything there looks good. I want that breakfast for dinner NOW!
    what year did that diner close? it looks in good condition.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 18:12:09 (permalink)
    East of Lebanon, and approaching Indianapolis, I came close to meeting my maker. I was heading southeast on a two-lane stretch of 52 when an apparently brain-damaged motorist abruptly pulled out in front of me from a driveway. Luckily, I have good reflexes and was able to slam on the brakes in time. As this thoughtful individual turned left past me, I registered my opinion of his driving skills with him.   :~)           Stay tuned for LOTS more....
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 18:16:33 (permalink)
    sk bob, the diner has changed ownership and names several times since 1980, but closed, apparently for good, about four or five years ago.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 18:32:03 (permalink)
    thank God for fast reactions & the the one finger salute.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 19:44:46 (permalink)
    Arriving in Indianapolis, I headed over to the east side of town to have lunch at Skyline Chili's location on Washington Street. Near 16th and Meridian, I passed under the elevated structure that carries the automated people-mover that connects three local hospitals. Here's one of the two trains that operate on the short ( one mile plus ) line.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 19:53:29 (permalink)
    Oh, that closed down diner makes me sad.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:02:08 (permalink)
    After having a plate of Cincinnati chili ( 5-way ) for lunch at Skyline, I headed out of Indy on 52 towards southeastern Indiana. In Morristown, I passed the Kopper Kettle Inn, which was reviewed by the Sterns in Eat Your Way Across the USA. I've eaten there in the past, and their fried chicken is very good. If I remember correctly, the handsome building that it's located in dates back to the late 1800s.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:18:08 (permalink)
    As I entered the southeastern corner of the Hoosier State, the flatlands gave way to the scenic green hills of Whitewater Valley, named after the river that meanders through it. Shortly after descending into the valley, I arrived at Metamora, a restored 19th century canal town that in recent years has become a popular tourist destination. Several miles of the long-abandoned Whitewater Canal have been preserved here in Franklin County. Below is a footbridge that crosses the canal in Metamora. 
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:18:09 (permalink)
    Bob,

    Good report so far -- looking forward to seeing more details.  I hope this means that your computer woes are over.  Round the Clock's breakfast is very appealing looking.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:26:37 (permalink)
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:34:17 (permalink)
     The Kopper Kettle is a really nice building! Nice pictures!
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:37:14 (permalink)
    I am thrilled so far....
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:38:20 (permalink)
    Above, you see the restored 19th century grist mill in Metamora, along with the canal and its water wheel. Also seen is the track of the Whitewater Valley Railroad, a short tourist line that was formerly a branch of the old New York Central System.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:41:56 (permalink)
    Above is a closeup of the grist mill's water wheel. Freshly milled corn can be bought in the mill.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:45:05 (permalink)
    Bob,

    Did you eat on that trip?  We want more food pictures!

    That diner looks so sad.  Someone needs to reopen it or burn it down.

    What a road trip!  Did Elwood and Joliet Jake go with you?

    Jim
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:50:36 (permalink)
    Here is the ticket office of the Whitewater Valley Railroad.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:52:38 (permalink)
    JRPfeff

    Bob,

    Did you eat on that trip?  We want more food pictures!

    That diner looks so sad.  Someone needs to reopen it or burn it down.

    What a road trip!  Did Elwood and Joliet Jake go with you?

    Jim


    A Blues Brothers theme might make for some interesting Roadfood adventures, if only we get the dialogue right:

    "Are you all the police?" (said by restaurant staff observing all the picture taking)

    "No ma'am - just Roadfooders."
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 20:53:52 (permalink)
    Yes Jim, I ate approximately two dozen meals during the eight-day trip. Be patient... it's not dinner time yet!
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 21:01:41 (permalink)
    Here's something unique in this country; a 19th century aquaduct, the only one of its kind in the US. It's essentially a "bridge" that carries the Whitewater Canal over the waters of the Whitewater River.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 21:05:03 (permalink)
    Believe it or not, there are food pictures coming up. More later ( I gotta go eat! )...
    Jim, you WERE kidding about burning down that diner, weren't you?????
    post edited by nocarolina - 2009/05/26 21:08:21
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 21:13:06 (permalink)
    Bob, these are some of the best photographs that I've seen produced on a trip report in a while.  Keep 'em comin'!

    I like pictorial trip reports that have something other than a collection of photos of what was eaten.  Variety is the secret to a good trip report.

    Using Buffetbuster's or Wandering Jew's trip reports as examples, what makes them enjoyable is that they give one an idea of what the surrounding area as well as of the meals that were eaten.  Reports that are evenly divided between the two categories work best.

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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 21:16:44 (permalink)
    The Kopper Kettle has wonderful fried chicken.  I've eaten there several times over the years, and I've never been disappointed once.

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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 22:44:39 (permalink)
    After leaving Metamora, I continued on until I arrived in Harrison Ohio, which is right on the state line, northwest of Cincinnati. I had a motel room waiting for me here, so I checked in and then went out to dinner. Unfortunately, there are nothing but chain restaurants in Harrison ( I-74 is nearby ), so I went with the least objectionable of the bunch, which was Frisch's Big Boy. I can't resist posting a pic of Big Boy himself.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 22:54:41 (permalink)
    My dinner at Frisch's. Nothing special, but I've had worse.
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    Re:North Carolina Roadtrip, May 2009 2009/05/26 23:15:23 (permalink)
    Breakfast the next morning ( day #2 for those keeping track ) was at good ol' dependable Waffle House in Harrison. I had delicious country ham, eggs, biscuits n' gravy, and WH's great hash browns. Unfortunately, my photo of the meal didn't come out, so this will have to do...
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