Saturday we took a day trip down to Aurora, North Carolina, population 520. Aurora is the home of the world's largest integrated phosphate mine. They mine and convert the ore into a variety of industrial phosphate chemicals and fertilizers.
Here's Andromeda, my 1999 non-Autobahn, ~75,000 miles.
The phosphate ore originated as a shallow marine deposit, and consequently there are fossilzed shark teeth, whale bones, and other such stuff on display in this museum. Some of the fossilized shark teeth approximately 4" across.
Aurora is also the terminus of one of the NC DOT free ferrys. Here's Andromeda on her first ferry ride (as far as I know.)
At the other end of the ferry ride is the small town of Bath, North Carolina. Bath was the unofficial capital of colonial North Carolina, until an official capital was established in New Bern. Raleigh came along later. Bath was also a favorite port of Blackbeard, the infamous pirate. This photo is looking out from the front yard of one of the founders of colonial Bath.
Just a photo of shapes and lines that interested me on a house in Bath.
The townsfolk were re-enacting a small military encampment from colonial times while we were there.
Great pix! NC is my state and I never even knew of this Aurora place haha.
1998 Autobahn Black/Tan Interior swap 270k 1994 S.H.O. MTX 260k 1996 Trans Am WS-6 6M 2004 Volvo S80 2.5T Dolby ProLogic True Surround Sound/DYNaudio Speakers and factory 300 watt Alpine upgrade all around. 33 mpgs with a turbo and luxury. Love it.
There are 14 Auroras that pop up on whitepages.com when you put aurora in for city.
01 4.0 Polo Green 166 K
03 Rondy AWD 108K
98 Intrigue GLS 225K
86 S10 Iron Duke - 299975 mi, going to S10 heaven
84 Grand National - 59 K
99 Intrigue GLS 3.5 180K, new crossover gaskets
98 Dodge Dakota 3.9 107K, handmedown new to the fold.
Former 1995 Aurora owner, Toroman: Able to pass cars and trucks with a single press of the gas pedal ! Faster than EX-President Bill Clinton changes his mind! Louder than a sound of fleet of Apche helicopters ! ! More powerful than a sexual harassment law suit
Riding that Bayview/Aurora ferry was one of my favorite outings back when I lived in Greenville NC. Nothing better than hiking around at Goose Creek State Park and then having a relaxing half-hour ferry ride across the Pamlico. Of course, half the time I also frequently had to cool my heels at the ferry terminal for the better part of an hour, because never seemed to fail that I would manage to miss the ferry by just a few minutes.
Thanks for the memories. Now I'm craving some down east BBQ!
These days, you can get from north Raleigh to Greenville (approx. 75 miles) in just over an hour with I-540 and the new bypass around Wilson. It used to take me closer to 90 minutes when I lived there in the '90s. Bath is about half an hour east of Greenville, and the Bayview/Aurora ferry terminal is just beyond there, so you should be able to get from Apex to Bath in no more than two hours, but probably a bit less, depending on traffic.
I also live in NC and I have been to Aurora,NC but that was before I got my Aurora. For me its about 1hr and 45min drive and its on the other side of Greenville for me. Oh yea maybe we should meet up in Aurora one day and get all of our Auroras on the ferry.