New Bern

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
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Trip End Feb 03, 2008


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Monday, November 5, 2007

Our first activities today were administrative - laundry at the local "Wash and fold" laundrette, then to the gas station for gas/petrol.  Our car has been telling us it needed air in a tyre/ tire so while at the petrol station Tom found the air hose, we put $0.75 cents in it and Tom topped up the tyres.  We think this is the first time we have paid for air!

Following our new policy, we then set out for the short (about 100 miles) drive to Bentonville which was the site of the largest battle fought in North Carolina during the Civil War - hence a place to visit.  On our way into Bentonville we went to the actual site and discovered that the Museum is closed on Mondays.  So we read the three historical boards then went into Bentonville to find the Visitors Centre and a B&B for a night or two.  Ruth did wonder aloud what we'd do if there was no Visitors Centre.  Upon arriving in Bentonville we couldn't even find any shops, just a few houses along the highway.  Looks like fame has bypassed this town.  We quickly updated our plans and headed for New Bern where we found the requisite Visitors Centre and a most comfortable B&B in the Historic Down Town.

Here we are in the Turret Room at the front of the house.  Tom sat in the alcove and sent out the previous version of this blog.  BTW thanks to those of you who are emailing comments.  We appreciate the feedback.

The countryside we are driving through is still flat and with lots of swamp/marsh plus some forests.  In parts we are driving though nice homes and gardens while other times there are less salubrious poorly cared for permanent mobile homes.
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