This guy with humungous crotch is something like 87 feet high and is supposedly the highest free standing sign in the US.
When we reached a spot just south of Rocky Mount we ditched the 70 MPH highway and took off in a easterly direction towards the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina and Virginia. DRove through cotton and corn fields, pine forest, and swamp lands. Crossed the Roanoke River...very pretty with rocks and rapids at that point. We drove along the southern and eastern borders of the Great Dismal Swamp (no hikes today...no time..no bug spray). Turns out that one branch of the Intracoastal Waterway runs along the eastern border through of bridges and locks...really quite pretty. There was a large sailboat tied up to the dock at the visitor center from Rhode Island!!!
Found a Joe Crab's for dinner (a sister restaurant to the one in Nashville)...one pina colada and a basket of coconut shrimp later...I am ready for bed!!!