On another sunny day in the western North Carolina mountains, a group of Appalachian members took a senic tour to the very popular Red Bridges BBQ in Shelby.
Saturday started out on the cool side but plenty of sun as we headed towards Lake Lure and the Carolina Moon Cafe and Coffee Shop. Though Janice and I arrived an hour early, there were already a handful of Porsches gathered in the parking lot! After a leisurely cup of coffee and a light snack, we signed the release forms and split into two groups of eight cars. Temperatures had warmed up into the low seventies, encouraging those in convertibles to drop their tops, and we were off to our midway stop at the Bennett Classic Car and Antique Museum in Forest City. The museum holds of a wide assortment of American cars from a Nash up to Mack trucks and farm tractors in between. If you find yourself traveling the stretch of HW74 between Asheville and Charlotte this could be a fun stop to break up the trip. An hour spent perusing the assorted vehicles and we were ready to hit the back roads and find our way to Bridges BBQ in Shelby. They are known for their pit cooked, pulled pork BBQ, SWEET tea, and hush puppies. Due to the place's popularity, we had timed our arrival to miss their busiest period of noon to two o'clock. Arriving just after two were able to find parking and did not have to wait long to be seated. We were all hungry and the lunch did not disappoint.
Carl Von Schummer