It was cold when I woke up that morning, at the crack of dawn:
My first stop headed south on the Parkway was Mabry Mill:
'Just' another pullout view
I pulled in to Boone, North Carolina, about three in the afternoon. Boone is the home of Appalachian State University, and reminds me very much of Athens, Ohio, where I finished my bachelor's degree in 1990. Both small towns nestled down in deceptively New Englandish settings with universities dominating their lives (in Athens' case, Ohio University). I liked it very much, especially after I found a nice used bookstore with a couple of Jennifer Crusie romances that I hadn't read before.
Let's Go USA pulled through for me with a nice, clean, inexpensive motel, too. It was good to be indoors, with a room to myself and plenty of light and heat again.