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Some Birthday Roadgeekery

For my 40th birthday, quite a few road friends were in town for the celebration.  So after some breakfast at the New York Diner.  Nine of us headed on a brief tour along old US 64 from Knightdale eastwards to Spring Hope.  For the entire set on Flickr - head over here.

First, we stopped and did a quick walk through my hometown of Knightdale.

An example of Knightdale's New Wayfinding Signage


From there it was out to Zebulon to get to old US 64.  One of the areas I wanted to revisit and show to the crew was the abandoned US 64 Tar River Bridge near Spring Hope.  The bridge is still in good shape and is a very popular fishing hole.


I'll have to investigate this old mill someday.
Finally, we did a walkabout in Spring Hope.



Also got a shot of what I understand to be the new standard for low frequency rail crossings.   The Yield signs have become a new requirement.  

Overall it was a quick but nice and enjoyable trip.  I will be working in the Spring Hope photos for a walkabout feature on the Carolina Crossroads Blog soon.

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