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Today presented us with 3 lighthouses - one of the things we came to this part of the world to see. All of them were in old historic forts. The Cape Henry lights are in an active Naval base. It was a scream to watch Brian go through the paces of their security check - passport, drivers licence, registration papers, vehicle check - keys on the dashboard, all doors open, boot (trunk) and bonnet (hood) up and both of ...
... V6 and full time 4WD. At the time of booking it was about 60% more, so happiness prevails. But, perhaps that is because the desk clerk welcomed me as a visiting NATO Officer, but subsequently lost interest after the revelation that I was merely an ageing Australian retiree. There are lots of brand name hotels in downtown Norfolk, but we (meaning I) felt the need to be ON the beach. Well we are at Norfolk Beach RIGHT on the water, but the place has ...
1 shower, 4 people....share and play nicely with others. Is this hotel room getting smaller? Nope! It's just fine. Very comfortable. 1:00pm- we are at the Roanoke park area. About to watch a "worth-it" short film on the history. We saw an Indian settlement, toured the museum, boarded a replica of a European exploration ship and learned about the lost colony. 5:00pm- we just crossed the Chesapeake and are driving north through the Eastern shore of VA. Sunny and ...
... to slow down substantially just to arrive during daylight.
Later in the day the wind and seas moderated a bit and we fully unfurled the genoa to keep up our speed. It was more comfortable than 24 hours earlier. Aside from the high winds, the temperature was warmer and tee shirts and shorts were unpacked.
Passage Day 5, Tuesday, November 13
Early Tuesday the wind remained 15-20 with higher gusts, but the direction ...
... the gold-plated torch, which appeared to actually be on fire. We were listening to a common radio frequency when we heard someone with a heavy New York accent state "hey, there's a jet circling the Lady". With a chuckle, I explained that it was just Sean and I in our propeller-powered Long-EZ.
We continued on South, climbing once we were clear of the constrained airspace surrounding NYC.
I pointed out Atlantic City to Sean ...