New Bern and the Central Coast

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
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Trip End Apr 20, 2014


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday was, in the words of Rick Steves, a "vacation within a vacation". We had lunch near the Capitol @ Big Ed's - BBQ brisket, slaw, squash and onions, butter beans, cornbread, biscuits, and great banana pudding. We hit Target, Macy's, and the Apple Store. Jan made dinner and we shared with her intern. A wonderful close to the evening was the Spring Concert at Jan's granddaughter's high school.

This morning I navigated RT through the narrow streets around central Raleigh and then drove 3 hours to New Bern on North Carolina's Central Coast. The city is at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The Neuse eventually empties into a bay and then the Atlantic. This section of North Carolina coast is sheltered from the Atlantic by Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The Farmer's Market was small but had plants, strawberries, breads, sauces and jams, craft items. Outside was a Mexican food cart - the tacos were great!

Tryon Palace is a historic recreation of the 1770 colonial Capitol and NC governor's capital. The tour included the palace and two houses, all furnished in period furniture, plus the gardens. Much of the early history of the area was presented. Another part of the complex was the Regional History Museum which emphasized early immigration, people and events of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Mitchell Hardware is a 100 year old hardware store which entices tourists with an immense collection of gift items, foods, beauty products, in addition to traditional hardware items. Well-worth a visit and difficult to pass up purchasing lots of stuff.

The KOA campground is on the other side of the Neuse River. To get here I had to cross a network of bridges. I suspect this whole Coastal area is connected by any number of bridges as well as ferries. I'll find out tomorrow.

Still 75 degrees here at 11:00. I'm not complaining as the area I drove through this morning was hit with heavy thunderstorms, flooding, straight line winds this evening. Looks like we escaped it for tonight.
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Peg on

Glad to hear and see you are enjoying yourself. You are not missing much here.
Keep you eyes to the skies for bad weather coming up the coast and find yourself a sturdy parking ramp if things get rough.

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