TOUR AMERICA, 2021: MAYBERRY CAMPGROUND, MOUNT AIRY, NORTH CAROLINA

Friday, April 23, 2021

Temperature, Low 27 Degrees; High, 61 Degrees

FROZEN and Not The Movie

Historic Mt. Airy

Snappy Lunch and The Sandwich To Beat All Sandwiches

Believe it my friends, that low temperature is not a typo. When I awoke this morning and turned the bathroom faucet on and all I got was trickle I thought something must be wrong. After all they were only calling for lows in the mid thirties. Well, they were wrong. The outside temperature was twenty nine degrees and still dropping! That explains the trickle of water. The water lines were a bit frozen – not completely but enough. I opened all the faucets and let the water trickle out and turned the furnace on to get some water in the wet bay. Within the hour we were back to normal even with the temperature still below freezing.

It’s official we are now homeowners again.

We received a two pound package of closing documents that had to be signed and notarized and then returned to our bank.

So it was, our first trip of the morning was to the local UPS Store. They had a notary available and of course they would also be able to make copies for us, and then ship the whole package back in the prepaid return envelope. It took us over an hour to sign and notarize everything. The owner of the store assisted us and she was absolutely fantastic. We give her five gold stars for service above and beyond. So everything is signed and returned. and we now own a house in Florida to return home to.

We both are not sure yet how we feel about this. Yes, we are excited as we start a new chapter in our lives. Yet, all we’ve known for four years is the road and it has been such a wonderful journey so far. And every time someone asked us Where do you live? We would respond with a sense of pride Wherever we park our motorhome. But we can’t say that anymore. Just saying it is sort of weird right now for both of us.

Time to do some sight seeing in Mt. Airy. We began our journey at the Visitors Center. Now, about that painted guitar.

As you can see we found quite a few more in the downtown section. Each so beautiful and unique. I can only imagine the hours that was spent by each artist painting each one in such a way that they made it truly their own. We discovered that they were all part of a project to bring attention to the downtown area, and also to raise money for improvements within the historic district of town.

A walk down Main Street was so interesting as we came upon one unique shop after another.

We were, however, on the hunt for two stores in particular. The first was . . .

this store. Similar to Floyd’s Barber Shop in the town of Mayberry, Floyd’s City Barber Shop has been a staple among the attractions of downtown Mt. Airy.

A collection of thousands of pictures line the Wall of Fame.

The very chair where Andy Griffith used to get his hair cut. This chair and most of the other furnishings in the shop are the originals from when it was opened in 1929.

I just could not pass up the opportunity to have my picture taken in Andy’s chair.

As for the second store.

The Snappy Lunch was opened in 1923. It used to be a post office and a shoe shop and when it became a restaurant it got its name when customers used to say I want a sandwich and I want it snappy.

During those early days it catered to students and local workers who enjoyed bologna sandwiches for a nickel and hot dogs for a dime. Students, like Andy Griffith who attended nearby schools, would frequently visit Snappy Lunch for a quick lunch because the local schools had yet to add cafeterias.

It has two rooms with three stools, 10 booths and 12 tables.

In 1960 in an episode called Andy the Match Maker Andy tells Barney that they ought to go down to Snappy Lunch to get a bite to eat. The restaurant was the only Mt. Airy business mentioned in the eight year run of the program.

Everywhere you look you find reminders of the Andy Griffith show and its characters.

But here is the real reason you come here. It’s the top item on the menu called a Pork Chop Sandwich. The sandwich was added to the menu in the 1960’s. It is three plus ounces of pork tenderloin, sliced down the back, bathed in a sweet milk batter, and fried for ten minutes on a big griddle.

You’ll need a fistful of napkins if you get it all the way – mustard, coleslaw, tomato, onion, and chili. Did you think I would get it otherwise? OK, I left the mustard off.

It was a fistful and absolutely delish! Want to guess the price? Can you believe a whopping $4.45!

Ms. Barbara getting ready to attack her grilled steak sandwich. Unfortunately, she said it was rather uninspiring and she would not have it again.

We had one more stop to make, but that is for tomorrow’s post.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. We started out in the deep freeze and though it warmed up a bit later on in the day it was still a raw, chilly day all the way. We’re sure hoping we find some warmer weather in Virginia when we move on Sunday. Tomorrow, well they’re predicting heavy rains most of the day. Meaning, we’ll stay hunkered down and play a lot of Mexican Train. Hey, there could be worse ways to spend a day. Bottom line, life is good and we continue to say and believe we are two of the most blessed and fortunate people in the world.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

4 thoughts on “TOUR AMERICA, 2021: MAYBERRY CAMPGROUND, MOUNT AIRY, NORTH CAROLINA

  1. Your day may have started cold, but you recovered quite well. We loved Mt. Airy and occasionally still tune in to see the Andy Griffith show. Those were the days of peace and tranquility. We ate at a restaurant off Main Street that was owned by a young man from Pennsylvania. Can’t remember the name, just remember it was a sports bar theme. Hope they made it because they were such nice people. Thanks for the pictures which brought back fond memories. Safe travels on Sunday.

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    1. Mt. Airy is a wonderful town. And for those who flip houses, like the two of you, right now houses are selling for insane prices. The woman who helped us at UPS has bid on 6 houses, cash each one, and can’t score. A crazy market right now.

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  2. What an enjoyable day! Good ole’ Andy Griffith! Sounds like a nice town to visit. Congratulations on being a homeowner. While it is a change, there are many positives about it. Enjoy your day! And hopefully, this cold weather will hit the road soon!

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