Day 7 and 8 - Saxapahaw/Chapel Hill/Graham, NC

Sorry for the delay getting these updates out. I've been either busy or without internet for a few days, so I'm working off of memory here but I think I can still paint a pretty picture of North-Central North Carolina. The drive out of the mountains from Asheville was long and picturesque. The drive was accompanied by Conor Oberst's "Outer South," The Decemberists' "The Crane Wife," Neutral Milk Hotel's "On Avery Ave.", and some Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown. 

In Saxapahaw we met with Cody's aunt, who had a roast and potatoes waiting for us (for the second time in three days….oh yes). She lives on a little bit of land in Saxapahaw down the road from an old cotton gin that has been converted to a coffee house, a brewery, and a venue that has been visited by the likes of Langhorne Slim and Jason Isbell. The three of us crashed in her RV that night. In the morning we drove out to Chapel Hill and talked to some prospective venues for the trip back through the area. We also went thrifting and picked up some more CDs for the road.

Our show that night was at at a bar/venue called 54 West. The bar owner had an adorable Saint Bernard named Moose who stood around five feet high on four legs. We were performing as part of an event for Paws 4 Ever, a local no-kill animal shelter. Nobody had any idea what to expect but Cody's family did a hell of a lot of promotion and a decent crowd turned out. Those who did show up seemed to really enjoy our music and we did a ton of business in merchandise. Awesome!

The following morning we got up around 7:45. Our show in Roanoke, VA. fell though so instead we decided to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.