The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 July 2007

Out of sight, out of shorts

Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina — 2166.8 miles

No rain, and no impediments to high-speed driving, so I got here about an hour before check-in, decided not to wait around, and backtracked about seven miles to a coin laundry. Five days' worth ran me a solid $6.75.

Also no bars: contrary to T-Mobile's coverage map, either there is no GSM 1900 east of about Nashville, or they lost their roaming agreement with whoever does have it. Either way, I got no phone, so I dug out a TracFone (I do try to anticipate these things) and put myself through the activation process, which is a genuine pain. The phone, or Fone, is kinda cute: it's a Moto V170.

Oh, about that "high-speed" business: I didn't think I was going that fast, and I made several stops along the way, yet the desk clerk seemed amazed that I could get from north of Savannah to south of Raleigh in five hours forty minutes. It's only 300 miles, for Pete's sake. (Today's mileage total reflects both the retrace to the laundry and a tour of downtown Fuquay-Varina and nearby Holly Springs, which pushes the day's work to about 331.) I don't think I ever once (okay, twice) hit over 80 mph.

Overheard in a Wal-Mart: "Why is it 'men's wear' but 'women's fashions'?" I suspect this will be someone's thesis someday.

Tonight: meeting with Dr. Weevil; other possibilities present themselves.

Posted at 4:57 PM to World Tour '07


"Fashion" is a more expensive word, therefore higher prices are charged.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 6:27 PM on 15 July 2007

Ain't that the truth?

Posted by: unimpressed at 7:14 PM on 15 July 2007

You are fifteen minutes from my front door, MAX, and I only just got home and had no clue.

And Asheville. Good good for you. Please, though, if you're able, drive the backroads. I-40 from here to there is the biggest bore in all the world, with Greensboro being a traffic snarling gap in the earth.

However, I-40 crossing the border from NC to TN is an adventure not to be missed, in and of its own self.

Posted by: Jennifer at 8:32 PM on 15 July 2007