The NC Randonneurs are once again helping out with the Mt. Airy Control of the Shenandoah 1200K. We've got coolers of drinks, a hot grill, burgers, franks and beans.
Helping out will be fearless leader Al...
...As well as John O, Biker Bob, John P and one or two guests....
If you're out and about, stop by the Knights Inn in Mt. Airy and say hi.
We're expecting the first riders of about 15 still riding sometime around sunset. We'll update with pictures, etc., so check back for the latest information.
After we set up shop and did the day's shopping, we headed to uptown "Mayberry." This is where Andy Griffith is from, and the Main Street strip is a living museum to the Andy Griffith show. Don't be making no jokes about it -- or you're liable to find yourself in the back of Deputy Barney Fife's patrol car.
Images of the TV show grace every window, and tourists wander the street hoping to recapture some early 1960s innocence, relive the days before the hippies fouled the air with smoke and the hollow promise of free love.
Once uptown, you're just about obligated to have a world-famous porkchop sandwich at The Snappy Lunch. (Uh...yes, right next door to Floyd the Barber's.)
Here's John O enjoying one all the way.
Even the outskirts of town feels the magnetic pull of that 60s TV show. Just across the street from us is Aunt Bea's Hickory Smoked Barbecue restaurant and Goober's 52, which is serving up oysters and live music this evening.
So...if you show up at our control and nobody's home, be sure to cross the street. We just might be shagging at the oyster roast....