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                   Monday, April 13, 2009 - 5:42PM

Raleigh trip, Fancy Gap grade

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Greetings from uncharacteristically cool and overcast Raleigh, with rain in the forecast daily through Wednesday. Not the best time for a vehicle work trip, but there's a nice big carport here, which will provide some shelter.

Clear, sunny and warm conditions made yesterday's trip pretty decent. Here are some shots from Fancy Gap grade on I-77, the point at which the interstate drops over 1,500 feet down out of the abrupt eastern edge of the Appalachians on a 6-mile grade. While on this grade, you have a sweeping view of the North Carolina piedmont to the east, including Pilot Mountain:


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Zooming in to the left of Pilot Mountain reveals the skyline of Winston Salem, NC, over 45 miles away:


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