A cool wing spot Ant used to frequent when he was younger with some friends. Good wings!
We just dined at a cool wing dive that Ant knew about. Ted's Famous Kickin' Chicken. YUM lunch, now back on the open road.
Today I decided to bring everyone back into Charlotte earlier than expected. I made some decisions last night that I think will be beneficial for the trip overall, but need to happen sooner rather than later. It has been rather stressful to manage this trip, keep up with work clients, grad school, and projects we want to pursue. We have a lot of a great ideas we would like to get started on and don’t want to wait for two or more years for when this trip is over to start them. Additionally, I haven’t been able to see as much work get done from each of us as I had hoped traveling on the road.
In an effort to do the road trip in a way that we will enjoy it rather than end up resenting it at the end, I think changes need to be made in how the road trip is approached. One possible option is to establish a base of operations on each coast and use it to hit states on our list one by one. We would travel through a state, come back to base and display the content for that state in a more spread out way instead of pushing out a whole ton of photos, videos, and writing for our followers to consume daily. I have a feeling it is a lot of content for everyone to follow and keep up with daily. I know it is for me and I am on the trip.
As we sit in Charlotte to take a breather and visit our families, I would love to hear suggestions and comments from our followers about what you would think about us doing our fifty state road trip in a different way, with North Carolina being a potential base camp to hit the east coast states, in a more spread out time frame. We would still show new photos and videos our of travels daily, but less than we currently do and spread across more days, to allow us to pursue some other projects at base camp.
I am going to put the website’s journal on hold for a while, as we are stationary, but expect some videos and photos to continue to be posted. Hopefully this will also give some time for those followers who are catching up from previous states, to do so. Thank you so much, we love you all! :)
A view from an overlook at Pilot Mountain. It was neat looking down and seeing farm property cut out of all the trees.
From an overlook at Pilot Mountain we could see down onto a freshly plowed field. The white farmhouse sits to the left of the property.
We decided Pilot Mountain looks like a big button that someone needs to push. A nice little day hike around the base of Pilot started off our morning.
A large reptile friend scampering about this morning. The lizard’s camouflage really helps blend him into the tree.
The sun rays just crest into the corner of Pilot Mountain. There is no climbing up these faces, so the lichen is free to grow.
Carolyn’s rear end as she checks out a cubby hole in Pilot Mountain. We just wanted to see if we could find some gold or other treasures.
The rocks around the base of Pilot Mountain have been worn smooth and almost look like ripples of water.
A beautifully dilapidated church where nature seems to be winning out. The brick and the worn entrance give this church some character.
The awesome dive that is Ted’s Famous. We all enjoyed our lunch and the ambiance from Ted’s this afternoon. Neat little spot.
Fried, cheesy jalapeno poppers from Famous Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken started out lunch off. These guys were delicious, however, when we first bit into them extremely hot melted cheddar cheese almost burned your tongue off.
Ant ordered a chicken tender sandwich from Ted’s Famous Kickin’ Chicken. Talk about a sandwich; the tenders were dipped in wing sauce and the coleslaw was BBQ slaw. Ant must have been hungry, because he ate the whole thing.
Carolyn ordered ten regular wings from Ted’s Famous Kickin’ Chicken. The flavor was called regular but there was still some heat in that sauce. The wings had a nice flavor.
Freg ordered a chopped salad for lunch from Ted’s Famous Kickin’ Chicken. Freg’s massive salad ended up being too much food for him, so he had to pack up about half. The salad included chopped chicken, tomatoes, cheese, croutons, bacon, and somewhere under there lettuce.
Fields with hay rolls drying out in the fields. You can spot the farmhouse in the background, just before the mountains. This was a common site along Western North Carolina.