Becky, If it is near daylight when you are ready to leave I 77, you have the special opportunity to run over to Mt. Airy for breakfast at Snappy Lunch on N. Main St. (I’m guessing you know it’s connection to the Snappy Lunch in Andy’s Mayberrry). It a fast and easy jaunt over state hwy. 89 to Mt. Airy. Take exit 101 from I 77.
After breakfast, it’s just 3 or 4 miles straight south from the restaurant to 52 south of town. This would not at all be a bad or lengthy detour and you would have the special treat of visiting a Roadfood shrine. There’s a review about Snappy Luncy right here on the Web site.
Think big, hot homemade biscuits, country ham, pork tenderloin. They open at 5:45. Closed Sundays.
I bet your mom would absolutely love the experience.