From Waves we headed back north along 12 to Kitty Hawk. It was near here the Wright brothers made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903. Turning on Route 158 we crossed over into Norfolk, Virginia, looking for the "Follow the Gulls" signs for the Chesapeake Bridge - Tunnel to Maryland. After a rather convoluted zig zagging through Norfolk we finally saw the familiar blue signs pointing the way to the Bridge. It was drizzling and much cooler as we crossed the 17-mile link between the Virginia Beach/Norfolk and the eastern shore, one of the "Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World" and the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world. We followed Route 13 and 113 through Maryland to the 50 east which went back to the coast at Ocean City where we caught Route 1 to Delaware. It seemed to take forever to drive through Ocean City, one of the east coasts most popular tourist destinations in the summer. Thankfully the 8 million annual visitors hadn't started arriving yet but we still took almost an hour to crawl through this seaside resort.
Delaware was cool and cloudy when we decided to stop and camp one last time on the beach at Delaware Shores State Park. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth and Indian River Bays the park has six miles of shoreline but few people were exploring when we set out for our usual walk with Ben. The sand was course with an occasional horseshoe crab shell and the water was uncomfortably cold. Yes we were back north. Again we had a choice of sites because of the dirth of campers and the few fishermen along the river side were bundled up like Eskimos. But the sun came out as it lowered in the sky and it felt surprisingly warm.
|Indian River Inlet Bridge, straddling the State Park|
|Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware|
|Black Bear Campground, Florida, New York|
|last stop in the Adirondacks, High Peaks North, North Hudson, NY|
|Quebec border, now on Highway 15, 12th May, 2016|