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

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

...SAND! (Missed this on Day 6) the dunes on both sides of the road on Ocracoke are so big and the wind so strong there were sand drifts on the highway!

 Day 7 - 
Ocracoke Island, NC
Stats - 370 KM & 8 Hrs. in car. 5 hours driving, 3 hours on two different ferries. 
 Well, thank God for warm blankets, when I got up this morning the room was 51 F, but the good news was we needed to be at he ferry dock at 7am, so we didn't sit around long. The 2 ferries today both had sitting areas AND the wind had slackened so the rides were quite enjoyable. Still chilly though, 4 C in the morning and warmed up to 12 by the time we got to Myrtle. Landing on Cedar Island was good. Nice spot, more remote than a lot of the coast (more like Oliphant?), then drove through some pretty built up areas like Topsail Beach & Surf City. We also drove past/around a HUGE Army Base called 'Camp LeJuene'. The next 'old style' beaches were Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, just before the 2nd ferry ride (and I think our last until Baja Mexico) from Fort Fisher to Southport NC (AKA Cape Fear). We crossed into South Carolina (State #7) around 4 pm, and arrived in North Myrtle Beach a half hour later. North Myrtle is a little more 'Old Style' than Myrtle which suits us. Norris the 'reservationist' and quite a character, at the High Tide Motel, filled me in on everything we need to know. Where to eat dinner (AND what to order), breakfast (& order) and where to do laundry. Donna was happy to get some done as we wrap up our first week. Unfortunately, some of the clothes didn't dry, so (last nights 'polar' opposite) we have everything hanging around the room and it must be 90 degrees in here!
Dinner at Duffy Street Seafood Shack was very good. I had 'Shrimp & Grits' w/collard greens - Just call me Bubba! Donna opted for the 'just as southern' chowder soup and corn bread. Neat with good rhythm & blues playing (if you don't believe me just ask Norris!).
High Tide is a great little motel with cheap rates, clean and across from the beach. In the morning we're going to stick around a couple hours to see the beach and have breakfast (Norris' Golden Griddle). Then it's off to Savannah Georgia.
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