This is a good route to ride on a Sunday, when there is not much traffic. Burlington has miles of empty textile factories; they have been here since the mid nineteenth century. Most closed down in just the past ten years. There are a few left operating still. On NC87 from Graham to Burlington, there is a great stretch of modernist buildings in just a one / two mile stretch, including two of the same dry cleaning building. There is so much optimism in these buildings. Can you imagine that kind of optimism today?