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Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
Trip End Apr 15, 2012

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Econo Lodge Oceanfront Virginia Beach
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Day Five - Kent Narrows Maryland to Virginia Beach,VA (via Eastern Shore)
Stats - 399 KM & 7.5 Hrs. in car.

 Left the Kent Manor around 10 am, after walking the grounds if you want to see more of it here's their web page: 
Heading down US 50, it's still pretty busy but before long we branch off onto smaller roads. This is more like it! It was supposed to be a rainy, stormy day today, but skies are clearing now and temperature is climbing. We'll get to 23c today, unusually warm they tell us, for this time of year. Off the main highway we make a gas stop in Denton, Maryland, and also stop at an Artists Co-op. Beautiful stuff here, we're tempted to buy a stained glass piece but resist. The best 'item' though is the little 80 yr. old lady that is manning the store. She was a real joy, we should have got her picture! Donna takes over driving for the 1st time and is happy to get behind the wheel of her beloved Corolla, and I'm happy to get caught up on some of my blog! We're in Delaware now, which is our 5th state and we are now getting to the Delaware Beaches, and I am happy once again! Back on/near the water, at places like Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. We get to a long wild stretch which is called the Delaware Seashore State Park which parallels the highway for several miles. We stop for a look at an empty beach parking lot and walk a path across a wide dune area and out onto a very beautiful BIG, wide and long deserted beach. Ive been on lots of beaches all over the world, but this is truly one of the most impressive. We had it all to ourselves today, and with the unseasonably warm weather it was worth the stop.
Continuing on we cross back into Virginia, on what is called ;Virginia's Eastern Shore', whose shape reminds me of our Bruce Peninsula turned on end. At he Southern end is something that I have been waiting for since the early days of planning for this trip...
...the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, yep Bridge Tunnel. It is 20 miles long and joins Eastern Shores with Virginia Beach - 20 miles long, BUT only 18 miles of it are bridge, the other 2 miles are 2 separate tunnels which dive BENEATH (!!!) Chesapeake Bay! Someone a long time ago thought "Instead of raising the bridge so ships can go under, why don't we make the bridge go under the ships? Not just little boats mind you, but aircraft carriers and the like! Norfolk Virginia is the world's largest Naval base, and home port for at least 3 US Aircraft Carriers!
We crossed in windy conditions (we had heard tornado warnings on the radio earlier in the day, so I think the observation areas were closed/ At least we didn't see any, darn. If you want to see it try this link: 
Arrived in Virginia Beach, which is a big beach town, think Florida, not Oliphant. Staying at the Econolodge on the Ocean, which is quite nice (in a chain hotel sort of way). We decide to go to Tautog's Restaurant ( ), which I found online during my trip research. Good choice Dave! The place was packed (remember it's still off-season here), and when we get our food it is our new favorite meal! She-Crab Soup for both of us, which may be the best soup in the world (no exaggeration!), Donna's Hot Salad, delicious and my fresh steamed Lemon & Jalapeno Mussels. Deadpan Paul our waiter was also a hit. When Donna asked him what the almost constant roaring noise was outside (I thought it was the wind as it was now raining and storming) he said "What noise?", then informed us it was jets landing on nearby aircraft carriers. We were the only ones taking any notice as most of the other were likely locals. How cool was that?!? We walked back to the hotel in the rain, but still warm outside. 
OK, this is a cheat as it is now the next morning, but I thought I'd put up a photo I took from our beachside door this morning, over the boardwalk to the Atlantic. I'll be getting Donna up shortly, as we have to catch a couple ferries today as we enter North Carolina and head to the Outer Banks.
**Just to catch you up, by the end of today we have been in:
1. New York State
2. Pennsylvania
3. Maryland 
4. Virginia
District of Columbia (or Dazed & Confused as we now call it)
Maryland 2nd time
5. Delaware
Maryland 3rd & last time
Virginia 2nd & last time
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Wendy Rudell on

Your trip sounds wonderful, wish I was with you guys.

xoxo Wendy

Bob Rudell on

Hi Dave and Donna
Sounds like your off to a good start. Don't forget to say hello to the Wright Brothers as you pass through kitty Hawk. Wendy and I and Nicole traveled the outer banks back in the late 60's. We loved that part of the coast. Have a great drive today.
Love Bother Bob

kev and theresa on

glad you guys are having a good time,miss you guys travel safe xoxo

janis on

Hi guys, sounds like you're having a great time, seeing so many different things, enjoy all of it and be careful!! Love, sis

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