Halifax and Franklin County NC, Feb. 7, 2019

Posted: March 9, 2019 in Eastern North Carolina trips

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.

Comments
  1. It is time you published a photographic essay book of your NC travels. You already have the material. Only a little bit of additional text might be needed. 500-1000 word prologue and a 500-1000 word epilogue. Plus some copy editing. Think about this idea.
    It would be a coffee table type of book.
    Using print on demand methods, the investment would be minimal I could give you the valuable ISBN bar code numbers & register the book with Library of Congress via Cyclotour Guide Books Library of Congress account. Other books would be photographic essays of your tours to other areas.
    Marketing it would be through NC bicycle clubs & enthusiasts first.

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