2014: Rolling thru Amerika on 18 Wheels. Volume XI North Carolina to Virginia
See South Carolina... I kid, I kid...
North Carolina has a super awesome Welcome Center/Rest Area coming from
I-85. There are so many woodlands here in the South. I didn't even
realize that there were logging operations here. I thought tobacco was
the only industry here. I'm still waiting for a "Dukes of Hazzard" type
car to come cruising up beside us... Yes I know, cliche.
I spent some time in North Carolina's Outer Banks when I was a teenager.
My older sister and I camped out all around the area: Kill Devil Hills,
Nags Head, Cape Hatteras, Okracoke Island, etc. She had this huge,
white German Shepherd, Talvid, that came with us in her dodge Pacer.
After doing this cross-country cruising for 2 summers now I start to
think about my brother David, and all the cross-country hitchhiking he
surely did as well as train-hopping. I'm sure we have seen many of the
same sights, roads, rest areas, etc. I definitely have his gene for
wanderlust that perhaps the rest of the clan doesn't have. Well, maybe
we all do actually. As a family, we were always driving across the
country for summer vacations. Anyway, I think about David often when
North Carolina gets a solid thumbs up for rest areas on the highway.
About every 40 miles it seems there is a sign. They are all really
scenic too and in wooded, quiet areas. There is always a specific pet
area where you can walk your pets and let them poo. There is always a
separate car parking from semi-truck parking. And there is always toilet
paper in the bathrooms!