High Country Roads

High Country Roads

On a cool October morning as I leave my home in Mayodan, the place where the Mayo and the Dan rivers converge, my hometown in the northern Piedmont of North Carolina seems a long way from the Carolina high country. I'm excited though because I know that in a few fun-filled hours I'll be standing on a mountain gazing at a fantastic view that takes in the corners of three states.

I travel Business 220 to SR 704 west. My Kawasaki ZR-7S hums along as I roll into the country. Heading to a restaurant in Danbury to meet a friend for breakfast, I turn left onto Delta Church Road, which runs into Sheppard Mill Road. I pass one the area's favorite landmarks. Still in operation, Priddy's General Store was established in 1888. Most notably in this century, scenes from the horror/comedy Cabin Fever were filmed here. As I arrive in Danbury, I pass the Moratock Iron Furnace. Built in 1843, the forge supplied iron for the Confederacy until General George Stoneman's Union calvary shut it down in 1865.