We were on I-70 for maybe 12 miles then turned north on Rt. 131. It was a stunning ride with terrain that varied continual. The altitude changed constantly but continued to rise with stunning mountains and valleys. The "towns" that we passed through may have had 3 building and not much else. We had a full tank of gas with a range of 300 miles so problems.
The town didn't resemble much of what I remembered for 39 years ago. More modern, more traffic, and restaurants. We wandered the streets then I saw something that I remembered from my ski vacation in 1979.
The old town ski area and jumps were still there. I don't know if they still operate but I guess it's a great area for the kids to learn. We spent a few hours in town then went back to what was our low point for lodging, a timeshare vacation place that rented their unused units. They were dated and clearly worn out! The unit looked like a ski condo with scrapes and scratches on everything, but reasonably clean. We would rise early and head for Louisville for 3 days before Pattie flies back to Cary.