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25 April 2010 @ 09:41 pm
She was a day tripper . . .  
Well, overnight, anyway. Dale and I are currently in Hickory, North Carolina, having decided that we wanted to drive US 321 from end to end. (We haven't quite reached the eastern end, but wanted to stop while it was still daylight so that we could continue to enjoy the scenery.)

Scenery along US 321 is very pretty. Many shades of green.

We had one odd experience. As we drove through the community of Blowing Rock, NC, we both spoke up at the same time. Dale said, "This feels like a planned community," and I said, "This place feels kind of eerie." We both felt very, very uncomfortable until we drove through it and over the next ridge.

It wasn't the same kind of "something has been disturbed that shouldn't have been" that Townsend, TN, felt like several years ago when the road crews knowingly disturbed a burial mound. (The town eventually solved the problem by bringing in some Cherokee shamans to ask the guardian to go back to sleep.) This was more like "long-haired freaky people need not apply" and "you ain't supposed to be here". ("Signs," Five Man Electrical Band) It was highly reminiscent of Meg's description of Camazotz in A Wrinkle in Time.

However, as I said, once we were over the next ridge, all was well again.

In Hickory, we found, completely by accident, because we took the wrong turn looking for a hotel, a really wonderful restaurant called Cornucopia. (2065 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602) The sign outside said "Schnitzel, pasta, and grill." It was not quite a hole-in-the-wall, since it was a standalone building, but it wasn't at all fancy, and it certainly wasn't a national chain. The menu included a dozen kinds of schnitzels, about ten different pasta dishes, and a collection of grill items such as souvlaki and New Zealand lamb chops. Dale and I split an appetizer of Shrimp Napolitano (shrimp sauteed in butter and white wine with garlic and herbs); he had souvlaki; and I had the evening's special, sauerbraten with spaetzel and red cabbage.

The shrimp was very good. The souvlaki was very good. The sauerbraten, cabbage, and spaetzel were divine.

Both dinners came with salad and endless garlic and cheese rolls.

Not cheap, at $33 for the both of us, but well worth the price.

Highly recommended.
 
 
 
Jim Hetleyjhetley on April 26th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
I do not recall anything weird about Blowing Rock, but that was maybe 35 years ago. Perhaps the aliens arrived later?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 27th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
There was an awful lot of what looked like new (say, five years old or less) construction lining the highway.
fatcookfatcook on April 26th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
If and/or when you get back to Phoenix, I'm taking you to Haus Murphy's. The jager and schweizer schnitzel are perfect and the spaetzel and wirsing are to die for!!

There is a totally creepy part of the I-8 to San Diego out past Gila Bend. Driving through during the day is bad, at night... you speed, you speed a lot!
vonandmoggy on April 26th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
It sounds like a lovely day, despite the strange town...and the fact that I keep reading your subject line as "She was a day stripper..." :)
Tim Illingworthtimill on April 26th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
For coming back, you may want to know that I-40 has re-opened between Knoxville and Asheville.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on April 26th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
COOL! I'd heard it was going to be later this week.
Miche: wrong breakfastmicheinnz on April 27th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Not cheap, at $33 for the both of us, but well worth the price.

In New Zealand you'd be lucky to find anything like that for $33 _each_.