Just to see something new, I put the bicycle in the car and drove the Toyota Prius about eighty miles from my home in Chapel Hill to Centerville NC. It is sixty miles northeast of Raleigh NC, or twelve miles northeast of Louisburg NC.
The population of Centerville NC is listed as eighty-nine, but they do have a Dollar General. I parked the car and pulled my bicycle out. There was only one other car in the Dollar General parking lot. The area immediately felt very country.
How country was it?
Country enough that someone had just driven a four wheeler to the Dollar General!
Bicycling was relaxing along country roads with almost no cars. I fashioned a big loop to bicycle around the area, including going through the seemingly under visited Medoc Mountain State Park. This area is generally flat so the “mountain” is really just a hill.
Wood NC is really really small. It evidently used to have a gas station and a store.
Hollister NC, population 674, has a modernist post office and an actual restaurant, Lynch’s Bar-B-Q and Grill.
For those of you not from around here, eastern North Carolina barbecue consists mostly of just one thing, chopped pork in vinegar sauce. It is usually served on a bun, with a dollop of coleslaw. Lynch’s has no inside seating, just an outdoor counter to order from. There is not even a picnic table. Everyone just eats in their car. I try to do my meals “properly” so I took my sandwich and bicycled three miles back to a shelter at the state park, where I could read my Kindle while eating. It was all very peaceful.