Heading North Through the South
Trip Start Aug 11, 2007
68Trip End Nov 08, 2007
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Then set the map for Virginia Beach, made a couple of adjustments so we weren't on boring freeways the whole time, and headed north. And that was an interesting trip - largely through what looked like some fairly economically depressed areas of the Deep South - run down trailer homes, abandoned farm buildings, tired little towns with boarded up shops..... and huge numbers of brand new, well maintained churches, all funded by their clearly very poor congregations
It was also interesting for us to see what was being grown on the farmland around this part of the US. It used to be a huge tobacco growing area - heavily dependant on first slaves, then tenant farmers. But tobacco no longer earns the money it once did and while still grown in large quantities here, corn and especially peanuts seem to have taken over.
Our route took us though some interesting sounding towns - Zebulon, Nashville (but not Nashville, TN), Plymouth (where we stopped and saw a cool old lighthouse), and Skinnersville. Unfortunately we didn't notice until too late that we could have done a slightly longer trip and got out to the coast to a place called Kitty Hawk and then headed up the coast to Virginia Beach - we thought that a big inlet called Abemarle Sound would block our route to the north. However Kitty Hawke is only a place where some one became the second person in the world to achieve powered flight, so might not have been that cool. They did however have better publicists than the first person.........
We arrived at our friends' Paul and Chris's place in the late afternoon - in time for a couple of cool beers before heading to dinner at a great restaurant on one of the many inlets off the Chesapeake Bay.