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All Roads Lead to Rocky Mount

"The fields are dreaming through Virginia. . . "
~ Thomas Wolfe, "A Prologue to America"

 

In the summer of 1996, my wife Mary, our son Nate, and I visited our old friends Mike and Helen Toscano in Spring Hope, North Carolina. Spring Hope is only 14 miles from Rocky Mount, known to Jack Kerouac readers for his retreats there to see his sister Caroline, her husband Paul Blake, his nephew, Paul, Jr. and his mother, who was often living with the Blakes. Knowing of my interest in Kerouac, Mike did some reconnoitering before our arrival and found most of the spots that were significant to old Jack during his stays in the Piedmont region of the Tarheel State.

We drove down through Virginia on a typically hot, humid July day. We had spent the night in a motel near Fredricksburg. The previous day we had toured the Smithsonian museums and surrounding points of interest in Washington, D. C.

Here's a picture of Nate goofing in front of the White House.

 

Nate goofing at the White House

 
And one of Mary and Nate with our good buddy Abe Lincoln.

 

Our old buddy Lincoln


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