Dave, Jessie, and I had a quick breakfast at Hardee's in Denver, NC. We were on the road shortly after 9:00 am. We headed east on Hwy 150 for a few miles, then off onto roads less travelled. We made a big loop north and east of Locust, NC and the Mi Cocina Mexican Restaurant. Lots of great roads. We arrived at the restaurant shortly before noon. Dave's co-workers had told him it was a good place to eat. They were right. It was a short ride to the site of the Reed Gold Mine. This was where gold was first discovered in the US. It was a small nugget, found in a creek. Only weighed 17 pounds. The formerly operating mine has a couple tunnels open for tours. I think the temperature 50 feet underground was 48 degrees.
The highlight of the whole day came next. Dave's boss gave him permission to give us a tour of the engine shop where he works for one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams. Dave showed us everything from the rough castings for intakes to the engines ready to go to the track! Now that was an inside look at something few people get to see.
Dave, Jessie, and I (the Three Musketeers as Dave called us later) are planning more RTEs for the upcoming months. Anyone interested is welcome to come along, meet at the destination, whatever. We discussed going to Mt. Airy (Mayberry), the North Carolina Aviation Museum near Asheboro, and the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. We even tossed around a trip to Pooler, GA to the Mighty Eight Air Force Museum. For that one, we'd have to leave early and get back late for a day-trip. And with all those trips, of course, there'd be a stop at a local restaurant. It is a ride-to-eat, after all.
Suggestions? Comments? Want to ride? Let's GO!