Days 8 & 9 – Shawboro, NC and the Outer Banks

North River Campground, Shawboro, NC
North River Campground, Shawboro, NC

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday was another travel day up the Coast about 137 miles to North River Campground in Shawboro, NC. It took us a little over 3 hours coming up US-17. They are really improving 17 throughout the Carolinas, bypassing the cities, and they are hard at work developing the route into a 4-lane divided highway all the way. Again there was great scenery along the route and we did run into rain off and on.

North River Campground and RV Park is about 6 miles off Highway 158, which is a major route from US-17 to the Outer Banks. It is worth the sidetrip to get to it. It’s 70 plus full hook-up campsites encircling a 5 acre lake. Total peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. They also offer tent sites, cabins and have a pool, miniature golf and a pizza parlor on the $20/night for 30Amp and $25/night for 50 Amp. A good bargain.

The first evening we unhitched and drove back into Elizabeth City for dinner and found “One Track Restaurant” quite by accident. It is not much to look at but we have found that to be the case with some amazing dining places. The waitress was super nice and told us all of the food, sauces, dressings, desserts, etc. were homemade inhouse. We had spaghetti and barbecue and enjoyed them both.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thursday we left The Kids in charge of the RV and drove about an hour to the Outer Banks to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills. Admission is free for Seniors with the “America the Beautiful” card. The large complex has a modern museum tracing the challenges the bicycle building Brothers had to solve, the unique opportunities presented by the breezes along the Outer Banks, and the solutions that brought them to three successively longer motorized flights in 1903. Also housed in the museum is an actual full-sized working replica of the Wright Bros plane. On the grounds outside are the tall dune, with Memorial on top, and markers showing the distances of those first flights. There are replicas of the buildings used by the Brothers for assembling their plane and living quarters. There are uniformed guides ready to answer any questions. An interesting place for anyone interested in American history in general and the stories of the people responsible for many “firsts” in aviation from the Wright Brothers forward.

We decided to splurge a little on dinner after visiting the museum. We went to a place called Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern on the Croatan Highway in Nags Head. It was proven to us once again that price does not necessarily dictate the quality of the food it’s paying for. We suggest you skip this place if in the neighborhood and instead find a good Mom and Pop, hole in the wall, that proudly serves good home-cooked food.

Friday we continue our journey North heading for a KOA Campground in Ashland, Virginia, just North of Richmond. It looks like it may be a nice place to spend the next 3 nights this Memorial Day weekend. We’ll let you know about that in our next installment. Current average gasoline price locally is $3.499/gallon.

Jack, Niki, K.C. and B.B.
On the Road in the Carolinas

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