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Squirrel Nut Zipping to Saxapahaw-Tarwheels Ride Again! June 16, 2010


Squirrel Nut Zipping!

I usually have all photos in the frequency that they were taken. For this hub I need to start at "lunch" after the ride. I've never told anyone that I "was a fan". I think the term often lowers the person saying this. And- who knows celebs? After all they are just people.

But - I was already endeared to the lady's entertainment prowess. I was now being served by her and graciously. "This" endeared her to me more!

Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers is charming! And- what an entertainer!

Squirrel Nut Zippers "Put A Lid On It"

The Squirrel Nut Zippers were formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill and/or Carrboro, North Carolina. "Jimbo" Mathus (vocals and guitar) and his then wife Katharine Whalen (vocals, banjo, and ukulele) were the founders. Other early members were James Chris Phillips, Don Raleigh, and Ken Mosher.

"Jimbo" Mathus says, "Nut Zippers," is a southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine, and the band's name comes from a newspaper account which related the story of a highly intoxicated man who climbed a tree one night, refusing to come down even after authorities arrived. The article's headline read: "Squirrel Nut Zipper." It is also the name of a candy dating back to 1890.

The group can be described as a “retro-swing ensemble”.

The band is an eclectic fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s-era swing. They are truly unique!

The band was founded by James "Jimbo" Mathus, formerly of Metalflake Mother and Johnny Vomit & The Dry Heaves, and his then-wife Katharine Whalen in Carrboro, North Carolina along with Chris Phillips, Don Raleigh and Ken Mosher. The group made its debut in Chapel Hill a few months later. Stacy Guess (formerly of Pressure Boys) joined shortly after.

We eat, therefore we ride!


Chris, Jose, and I meet at the Gulf Rim for great food. We are initially outside but the heat causes some spontaneous combustion in my beard and after putting the fire out we move inside where that, "hot air" box takes all the hot air and dumps it outside.


See Jose smiling through the window? He's smiling because he's not frying from the heat and because he's laughing at my inability to pass at taking another picture.

Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers!

Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers!

Chris had been a donor of some yogurt culture from another country, the old country, another planet or something. Ms. Whalen was an indirect recipient of this yogurt. Small world eh!

Burrito for Chris. Crab and Shrimp enchiladas for Jose and MD!

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Cy stops by for some tea.


The Gulf Rim! Check it out! Tell em' Micky Sent you! They don't know me but say it anyway!

Katharine Whalen

Katharine Whalen

Katharine Whalen

Katharine Whalen- I'm a big fan! Okay- I'm only 5'6"- so I'm a fan!

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Ghost of Stephen Foster

Mathews Chocolate Shoppe


If I'm going to be decadent then I'll have good taste anyway!


Like moths to the flame!

I don't think too much chocolate is too much chocolate- once in a while.


Almond Bark, Pecan Bark, Rocky Road Bark! Look!


I'll have to ride further tomorrow!

Where was I? Oh yeah- the bike ride!

Squirrel Zipping To Saxapahaw!


The cute chicks are out today with their flashy clothes!


Too much scenery!

There's really too much scenery around here!

They've been selling some of it!


Have you ever seen a sofa go 40 miles an hour?


Here's Sharon, the Wonder Woman!


Tom and Chris are probably plotting against me here!


I'm not sure I've ever felt this good!


You know- that beard ain't very afro-dynamic!


Baseball very good to me!


Today our route is very different for going to Saxapahaw.


Some of these scenes, I've never scene!


Here's a pretty lady from Hawaii.


What a beautiful day!


"We may never pass this way again!" (Seals and Croft)




My buddy Jose is recovering from injuries from a bad crash months ago.


Godspeed Jose Bro!


Here's an animated scene!


God bless you Sir!


Oops! I cut the top off!


Let's put our feet up a bit! Rest!


Here's a Saxxy girl downtown Saxapahaw!


This smart man is carrying "halt". It's a mild dog repellent that many mailmen use.


And our masters of the "spoke "n" wheel" ride off into the horizon in search of another adventure. But- let's check out the "Gulf Rim" first!

Old 86 June 16, 2010 Cy & MD

Since the very beginning of the ride is for Cy and I to ride out to the start at Union Grove I thought it would be appropriate to put this very beginning here at the end!

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Micky Dee (author) on February 08, 2011:

Tony! You and your daughter are so beautiful! God bless you brother Tony!

Tony McGregor from South Africa on February 07, 2011:

Looksd like Squirrel Nutkins to me! Just had to come back and savour those goodies again, bro! Love ya, man.

Love and peace


Micky Dee (author) on January 10, 2011:

Yo archbishop! God bless! Let's ride!

archbishop1 on January 10, 2011:

Haha, how refreshing. You lured me I am the fan.:)

Micky Dee (author) on June 26, 2010:

Hi Maita! Those Squirrel Nut Zippers are a cool band AND a tasty treat!

prettydarkhorse from US on June 26, 2010:

Squirrel Nut zippers hehe, Fun ride Mick, and nice pictures again, Maita

Micky Dee (author) on June 22, 2010:

It is amazing that we have THIS chocolate shoppe right here in town! Yes Sir Tony! This is finger lickin' good! Peace Tony!

Tony McGregor from South Africa on June 22, 2010:

Man - where can I get some of those goodies! You had me salivating here. Oh, and the ride was pretty cool too!

Keep riding, bro!

Love and peace


Micky Dee (author) on June 22, 2010:

Cool beans Katie!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on June 22, 2010:

Micky Dee, You had me at...afro-dynamic! Peace :)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 22, 2010:

OMG ! Not at ALL what I expected from the title, LOL. I am going to have to check out those Squirrel Nut Zippers!

Too funny. If you have not yet read Nellieanna's story about the squirrels (speaking of them...) it is a must. Hilarious! and the photos are priceless.

Great ride. I mean great hub...well, both, :)

Micky Dee (author) on June 21, 2010:

Howdy Joy! I actually "sit on the bench" a lot!

Joy56 on June 21, 2010:

you have such an interesting life, and all of it documented, wow, what a player in the game of life.....

Micky Dee (author) on June 21, 2010:

Hi Prasetio! Thanks for stopping by good buddy!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 21, 2010:

Micky, you always come up with something gorgeous and I found again in this hub. Thank you so much for showing me about this. This was absolutely great and beautiful. I rate this Up.


Micky Dee (author) on June 20, 2010:

Oh Akirchner! I would seem so. But actually apart from riding my bike I live a monk's existence. I've had monks and priests tell me they couldn't live a secluded and barren life that I do.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 20, 2010:

Definitely you lead a very active life! Love the pics!!

Micky Dee (author) on June 19, 2010:

Howdy Springboard! The heat has been rough but we have to endure some to get a little acclimated. You do have to watch too much "air" from those hot air boxes! Thank you Sir!

Springboard from Wisconsin on June 19, 2010:

Always looks like it's loads of fun and an awesome way to tour the countryside.

As for the outdoor patios and hate air conditioning. Go figure. :)

Micky Dee (author) on June 19, 2010:

Hi habee! I know you did being a Georgia Peach! That was a big time on Saturday evening for us. Maybe a Pepsi and Lawrence Welk. I wanted to watch Paladin but Mom always had the bubbles on.

Micky Dee (author) on June 19, 2010:

Hi Billy! They are great. Kathlene has a new group now and video. I have half-himers so I'll tell you the name later.

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 19, 2010:

I used to eat suqirrel nut zipper candy when I was a kid. Dad sold it in his store. Beautiful pics here!

billyaustindillon on June 18, 2010:

Awesome hub - I remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers - they did some real interesting stuff. Great choice for the hub.

Micky Dee (author) on June 18, 2010:

Yo 50! Thank you Bro! I wish you and I could take a motorcycle ride together sometime. Where can I rent one? The "Tail of the Dragon" right across the Tennessee line is a hotbed of motoring!

50 Caliber from Arizona on June 18, 2010:

Mic, great pix and muzac! bumped your buttons up as always. I'd have thought that watching bicycle rides would loose their shine, I thought wrong, you bring new fun to every one, 50

Micky Dee (author) on June 17, 2010:

Hey Valerie! You know- it's just like riding a bicycle! I usually let the girls ride on my handlebars anyway!

valeriebelew from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on June 17, 2010:

Loved it, Micky Dee. Looks like quite an adventure, and I wish I could ride a bike. Can you believe I never learned? Shouldn't reveal such things. It'll hurt my image. (: v

Micky Dee (author) on June 17, 2010:

Hi Darlene! The guy lying back in that recumbent is Bruce. He isn't so disabled although he has neck and/or back issues. I do as well Darlene. I have pain in my neck running through my arms. Back pain from top to bottom. Pain in the hips. Arthritis. Bruce said he would let me try one of his recumbent bikes but I'm too old for new tricks. I have pain in bed, sitting, walking, and on the bike. It's still a matter of doing what we want or feel like we need to do. Thank you Darlene!

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on June 17, 2010:

Another awesome ride, love the journey and the music, never should take a picture of the sweets, I almost went through my computer screen. What is that one guy disabled with laying back riding on his bike? What a get up and you all look like you are have such fun, and seeing the country we live in so close up and personal, fantastic. rate up and the above, a fan

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