Two-and-a-half weeks in Mebane, NC is coming to a close, but how I landed in this spot is too long of a story to tell! It's been a fun stay in an Airbnb room called "the library" in a relaxed, cozy 1940's house. The host family attracted me for many reasons but little did I know how much fun it would be to have time with an incredibly precocious 5 year old whose parents are working on a sustainable lifestyle. I've learned a great deal about snakes & lizards, as well as the beauty of scent-less, biodegradable products. I've also eaten a dozen today-fresh eggs, had veggies pulled from the front yard, and picked and eaten many berries.
A post office was established in Mebane in 1809, the railroad then arrived in 1855, and the town was originally incorporated as Mebanesville in 1881; named for Brigadier General Alexander Mebane, a member of Congress in the 1790's. A local tobacco market, and furniture and apparel industries all brought growth to the area, but today this sweet little town is growing in leaps and bounds for commuters to "the Research Triangle". While it still maintains its charming downtown and neighborhood green spaces, the outer rim is building and building.
Thankfully, my car has been in the shop for most of my visit so I quickly learned where and when to cycle, then found my favorite parks on two feet. Besides seeing all of Mebane's neighborhoods and surrounding farmland, this opened up opportunities for conversations with locals in a 12-mile radius. Friendly, still chatty people. So, a somewhat random stop as I point north, but a pleasant one for sure. Now, into the mountains of West Virginia for quiet time during the holiday week.
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover