It was time to bid farewell to New York and head to Teterboro for the final time. The Legacy was loaded with fresh New Jersey Sushi and we were off on our travels again. Landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport we were driven supremely by a lovely young lady in an S Class which had covered 150,000 miles – and felt like new – to one of the vertices of what is known as the Research Triangle.
Durham is well known these days for its medical research credentials but in the late 19th century the prosperity of the Bull Durham Tobacco Company which acquired the Lucky Strike brand, resulted in the rapid growth of the city of Durham. As a result of its substantial African-American community, a prominent Civil Rights movement developed in Durham. Multiple sit-ins were held, and Martin Luther King, Jr., visited the city during the struggle for equal rights. After the departure of the tobacco industry, large-scale renovations of the historic factories into offices, condominiums, and restaurants began to reshape downtown and that’s where we found ourselves this evening – the fabulous Durham Performing Arts Centre. One of the best and well run music venues of the tour, Dave Dixon told me that the main hall was definitely the best sounding on this tour with virtually no high-end reflection and only a minimal low end issue, something all large rooms suffer with.