Nothing clears the cobwebs out of my head quite like a road trip. The opportunity to drive wherever the fancy takes me, with nowhere to be at any particular time, except the preference to be somewhere appropriately scenic at sunrise and during the late afternoon and evening. Furthermore, the most seductive routes are those less traveled, which sometimes gets me into some tight spots requiring third party assistance (see image from a previous similar trip). Fortunately this time I managed to stay out of trouble. I used Mansfield Plantation for my home base and struck out into the Pee Dee country from there. Here are some surprises from the road.