I hope you're not tired of seeing pics of our vacation yet - because I've still got at least a couple posts to go!
I wish I could figure out how to post a map of our trip here but that one's a little out of my expertise yet. I'm sure there's a way though! Anyway - from Pennsylvannia we headed across the corner of Delaware, skirting around Philadelphia and Wilmington. We used up some Hampton Inn points with a weekend night stay at a very nice Hilton near Newport. We figured we'd be the only guests arriving by motorcycle but just as we drove up, a nice couple from upstate New York pulled in on their Gold Wing. Most of our motel stays on this trip were at Best Westerns. They have a special Harley Davidson discounted rate (usually the same as AAA) and most of them advertise as "motorcycle friendly". Which usually means they will let you park under the covered entry at the front if there's room and also provide a place to wash your motorcycle. D took advantage of that several times as he's pretty particular about the dust collecting on his pretty bike!
The next morning we headed across the bridge into New Jersey and down the little corner to Cape May. This is not the New Jersey you imagine when thinking of this state. There are a lot of farming communities with roadside vegetable and fruit stands. We made it to Cape May in time for the ferry ride across the Delaware Bay to Lewes - back in Delaware again. The hour and a half ferry ride was fun and relaxing. We spent most of the time on the deck and D experimented with his camera. Mostly taking dozens of photos of the gulls overhead and the jelly fish floating by in the water!
This is one of the light houses as we approached Lewes. And a beautiful tall ship anchored in the harbor where we disembarked.
We spent an hour or so walking around the pretty historical town of Lewes. There were several cute shops and cafes but we arrived on the first day of a record heat wave and we were soon ready to be on our way. We had found a parking spot near the old forge - we didn't notice the anvil hanging above until walking back to the bike. Luckily the blacksmith did a good job of welding that sucker up there!
A few sights from our stroll around the town.
Our plan was to head on down to Ocean City, but we decided to eat an early dinner and hopefully let some of the afternoon heat subside. (We enjoyed some excellent crab cakes at Crabby Dicks !) Along the road we saw several of these towers. They are remnants of the WWII Harbor Defense System of the Delaware Bay.
I'm afraid we weren't too impressed with Ocean City. Just lots of hotels, restaurants and beach wear and souvenir shops. It reminded us of Myrtle Beach. Plus the traffic was terrible and with the heat wave and the heat from the bike, the ride was not pleasant. Sorry Ocean City! Some of the beaches did look nice but they were very busy. At this point we changed our travel plans. We had planned on going on down the road and crossing over to Virginia Beach, but with expensive hotels, traffic, heat wave and lots of people, we decided to cut back inland and head somewhere else. This is the sunset as we headed west to Salisbury where we spent the night. Hard to believe this photo is from the Delmarva Pennisula, and not Kansas!
The next morning we headed back up the penninsula and across the Bay Bridge. We thought we would go around Washington DC as we were hoping to stay away from traffic as we traveled toward Fredericksburg, VA. In the end, we probably should have stayed on the freeway instead of the stoplight riddled suburban streets. It probably would have been cooler. This heat wave was getting the best of us and not making for pleasant riding. The best temperatures for riding as far as we're concerned are between 70-80degrees. Ninety-five plus is just too hot, especially when the humidity is near 80% (!) as it was these few days.
We had hoped to get to Fredericksburg in time to take a trolley tour, but by the time we checked into the motel and found the historic downtown area, we had missed the last tour :( So we walked around a little but honestly, I was so hot and dehyrated that I had no interest in sightseeing. We were both tired so didn't do much here. I would be interested in coming back here though. Perhaps someday we'll get here again and we can go to Williamsburg and also back to Washington DC. Just please - don't let it be hot and humid, especially if we're on the Harley!
Finally - Heat relief! And the journey continues!