mpgandfun... in the summer of 2013, I took a little road trip on my NC up to Alpena and back. On the way back, we were passing through Hale and to my surprise, I spied another silver NC in a store parking lot... the NC hadn't been out for that long.
South Branch is pretty close to that area. I wonder if it was your NC I spied that day. In summer 2013, there weren't that many NC's on the road.