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Mt. Airy, NC (a/k/a Mayberry RFD) Blue Ridge Parkway Trip
October, 2007

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Mileposts:
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Page 1 (MPs 400s)
  
Smokemont Campground
  Waterrock Knob
  Mount Pisgah CG

Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
  Asheville, NC
     Asheville KOA East
     Biltmore Estate
     Chimney Rock
  Craggy Gardens
  Crabtree Meadows CG

Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
  RiverCampUSA
  Virginia Creeper Trail

Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
  Peaks of Otter CG
  Otter Creek CG

Page 9 (MP 62)
  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

Page 10 (MPs 45-0)
  Chimney Rock
  20 Minute Cliff
  Humpback Rocks

  Shenandoah NP
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Mount Airy is Andy Griffith's hometown and was the inspiration for the idealized town of Mayberry RFD featured on the TV show.
As a longtime fan, it was great fun for me to walk around town and see references and pictures of Andy, Opie, Barney, Floyd and Aunt Bee everywhere I went.
I always thought it was Aunt Bea, not Aunt Bee, but by whatever name, I still wanted one like her when I was growing up.
This is the post office at the end of Main Street, a beautiful granite building with a real old timey feel on the inside.
OK, Andy, I'll refrain from spitting on your sidewalk, I promise!
The Men of Mayberry - they just don't make 'em like that anymore!
Me and Barney at his cafe. I tried twice to get into Snappy Lunch for one of their famous pork chop sandwiches, but they were closed both times. But I really enjoyed dining at Barney's - they had one of the best old-fashioned hamburgers I've ever had and the breaded potato wedges were to die for! Say hello to Tammy, I'm sure one of the nicest waitresses in town, if you stop by here.

I have to say the people in this town are some of the friendliest I've ever encountered anywhere. They made some of the not-so-nice experiences I had here turn out pretty nice after all. First, it rained almost the entire time during my visit. I tried not to complain too much about that since rain was so badly needed here. But when I decided to drive into town again on my last day here, for some strange reason, my windshield wiper on the driver's side had become wedged underneath the other side and when I turned it on, it made a horrible noise and bent the arm. I made it to Advance Auto Parts and when I asked about ordering a new arm, was told it would take a few days to get here and I was planning on leaving the next day. The manager, Josh, called around and tried to find one in town, but with no luck. Despite the store being really busy, this angel then went out in the rain, worked on it until he could bend the arm back into place, replaced the blade, and I was on my way safely.

Fun town and fantastic folks here - they surely do Andy proud!
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