Chapel Hill and Duke
We left Gloucester Virginia and where headed to North Carolina. The first part of Virginia seemed good and then we got into the congestion!. We sat on the entrance to the James River bridge for an hour before we pulled off. Anyway...
We camped at Medoc Mountain to take a shower and get the van dumped and filled with water. It's a small park but we got there late and didn't have time to look around.
We spent two nights very near downtown Chapel Hill at a "Boondockers Welcome" site. It was a very nice home and the couple was very nice, they even invited us in on the second night.
Chapel Hill is vibrant but felt a little strange to me. Franklin Street is full of restaurants and shops but the street itself is busy with traffic and buses. Once you venture off Franklin life seems to be very car oriented (suburban). You definitely need a car to do anything in this town. The campus is very attractive.
It was raining the second day we were there but we went to the Duke Gardens. It's a very nice spot but smaller than I remember.
We walked on up to campus. The Duke campus was constructed in 1932 in the Collegiate Gothic style. All the buildings are very attractive. At the center of campus is the Duke Chapel. We went to the campus art museum that evening.