~ Rocky Mount, North Carolina ~
"A pit stop along I-95's Carolina Corridor"
Let’s face it. Driving I-95 through South and North Carolina is a monotonous experience. I have been through all or parts of this stretch on multiple occasions. The route passes well east of most inland cities and the mountains while passing well west of the coastal destinations; essentially it’s ribbon of asphalt through the woods. The oddest exception to this generalization is "South of the Border,”a tacky, 1960’s-style roadside motel and attraction run amok located near Dillon, South Carolina. Aside from Dillon’s diversion, there are a few other principal cities with lodging and restaurants nestled just a few miles off the highway, including Florence (about 30 miles south of Dillon), Fayetteville (about 60 miles north of Dillon), and Rocky Mount (about 80 miles north of Fayetteville). I stayed in a Ramada Inn at Rocky Mount in 1990 while en route to Washington, D.C. on a family vacation, but I remember little other than the pool area.