Chapelboro reports that “a section of Jones Ferry Road between Old Greensboro Road and Old Fayetteville Road will be closed for scheduled repairs between Monday, February 26 and Friday, March 1.”

According to the Town of Carrboro, a detour route is yet to be established.

This is what that stretch looks like:


That’s gonna be a tough detour.* We at the blogblog put our heads together and realized there’s only one possible solution: a water crossing in our primary drinking water source.**

You might recall that Netflix’s angsty teen drama Outer Banks once showed teenagers going from the Outer Banks to Chapel Hill via ferry.  And Jones Ferry Road has the word ferry in its name. We did five minutes of research and found that some historians believe that, a long time ago, there was an actual ferry named Jones Ferry on the Haw River. (Other historians aren’t so sure.)

Imagine the following: You pull up to a section of Jones Ferry Road between Old Greensboro Road and Old Fayetteville Road. You hop over a small guardrail and stumble down an embankment. You put on your personal flotation device. Voila. Your chariot awaits.

A super real and very much not Photoshopped in 3 seconds ferry making its way along University Lake.



Another (cheaper) option. Row boats. The men’s rowing team has a rent-a-rower program for things like moving boxes. (It’s great!) But there’s no reason they can’t get in additional practices by just rowing us all across. (This suggestion was offered to us by a reader.)

Got any more? Let us know. We’re happy to share other (funny) multi-modal options to get us all through the next week. [email protected]

*Coming from the south, take Old Greensboro Road to Hatch Road to NC 54 to Old Fayetteville Road.

** This piece does not represent the views of any organizational affiliations the author may have. It’s also completely facetious.

Melody Kramer is a Peabody-award winning journalist whose work has appeared on NPR and member stations around the country, as well as in publications ranging from National Geographic to Esquire Magazine....