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North Carolina Road Trip: Day 6

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Thursday. After a day in Charlottesville. After a bagel. After a quick stop at the rest area because Flopsy needed a bathroom break. After a detour to see a big pencil. I left Virginia and began my North Carolina road trip.

A bagel in Virginia
A bagel in Virginia
Flopsy the Jackalope at a rest stop
Flopsy the Jackalope at a rest stop
Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia
Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia

I headed out to Mt. Airy AKA Mayberry, town devoted to Andy Griffith, to meet up with my friend Sadie (a HungrySister). We had had plans to meet the next day but she is awesome and saw that I kind of had not much to do for a bit and offered to let me come stay with her a day earlier than planned!

In “Mayberry” there was a statue of Andy Griffith.

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry
Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry

And a gas station.

Wally's Service in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Wally’s Service in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And some other stuff.

Sheriff's Car in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Sheriff’s Car in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And a jail.

Jail in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Jail in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And a museum we couldn’t take photos in.

Neither of us had ever really watched the Andy Griffith Show so we weren’t too familiar with anything there, but it was still a fun North Carolina road trip stop!

After spending the afternoon around Mayberry, we were a bit hungry so we went to a fast food place called Cook-Out, which was definitely delicious!

I had a burger topped with homemade chili & slaw, mustard, and onions and a strawberry cheesecake milkshake. And we split some onion rings. It was so good.

Burger and milkshake at Cook-Out in North Carolina.
Burger and milkshake at Cook-Out in North Carolina.

Sadie had to head off to work for a bit so she drove me to the bottom of Pilot Mountain State Park and said “drive that way.”

And so I did.

And at the top it was beautiful.

View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina

I hiked around a bit and then met back with Sadie in Winston-Salem for a chill night of TV and Taco Bell, preparing for the day ahead

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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