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Solo Road Trip: North Carolina Did Not Disappoint

by Alex Iwashyna

in The South, Travel

I’m on a solo road trip to Columbia, South Carolina for my sister’s bridal shower. It took me so much time to figure out my schedule that my brain exploded and I accidentally decided “a five-hour drive isn’t bad.” I obviously did not taking into account that I had to  do all the driving because no one has invented the mechanical highway car pull lane. (like a train track but for cars driving long distances. also something I totally made up but we need.)

Bathroom selfie

I take selfies seriously. Can’t you see it in my face?

Virginia got very rainy so all I got was a picture of my future RV.


We should definitely bring our car on our RV road trip, Scott. (I leave him messages here to see if he reads it. Heh.)

But North Carolina did not disappoint. Not only did I find historic Halifax:

Historic Halifax

Doesn’t that look inviting? And old?

The gas station across from Historic Halifax included a hippopotamus escaping the floor.

Hippo in gas station

The hippopotamus is not actually see-through. I’m just that bad with a camera.

And a touch of the Smithsonian Museum

Odd Gas Station animals

There wasn’t a plaque so I have no idea what’s going on here.

And a billboard with a giant X over man evolving from apes next to a large white hand reaching for the Earth under “GOD CREATED THE WORLD.” (I don’t have a photo because I needed my photo-hand to lift my jaw off the ground.)

South Carolina tried to kill me with rain. I almost pulled off the road, everyone had their hazards on, and I saw A CAR IN A TREE. I didn’t take photos of my imminent death.

When I (finally) got to my hotel, I ordered way too much Chinese food because there was a minimum for delivery, and I couldn’t do math post-drive. I then realized I forgot my glasses so I looked high as my contacts tried to murder my eyeballs

Me and Chinese Food

The Chinese food order probably made more sense to the delivery guy once he saw my dying eyes.

Like any good road trip, I planned to stay up all night and sleep in all morning, but I’m too tired. Plus, the rest of my road trip (also known as going home) is tomorrow night.

PS. I’m currently watching a reality show where someone said, “I’m going Sasquatch hunting.” And he just made a Big Foot noise. (It’s a WHOOP! sound.) I don’t miss cable at all.

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Carrie Baughcum January 11, 2014 1

BWWWWAAhhahahahaha!!!!what an … Adventure!!! Well you will certainly never forget this one. I hope the bridal shower is fun!!! Yeah five ours is just about my limit by myself. That’s a length that’s nice to have someone with ya. Safe travels! XOXOXXO
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Kimberly January 11, 2014 2

A hippo holding the floor seems legit…a tree holding a car however???
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It's A Dome Life January 11, 2014 3

Only you could manage to make solid objects appear transparent. You are like the accidental photography genius. It’s like a haunted road trip. You could start your own reality TV show.

I hope the trip back was just as funny!
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Chara January 11, 2014 4

Oh my word. What kind of gas stations to you do to?! CREEPY!!!! Glad you were safe and sound and how FUN that you got to go to a bridal shower! Fun times. Watch out for the hippo.


Skye January 11, 2014 5

Glad you made it safely! Wow… I missed that little corner of NC on my road trip last summer.

I once decided it wouldn’t be that bad to go to Virginia Beach by myself for Labor Day weekend. I didn’t think about the horrible traffic (a 3-hour trip turned into a 6-hour one). I did think to call Megan from my hotel both before bed and upon waking so she knew where I was and knew that I somehow evaded killers during the night.


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