2013 Bike Adventure: Onward to Delaware!

Having never been a late sleeper, I was out of the house early and taking photos of the creek that Barbara and Glenn live along side.

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Knowing that I planned to leave at 11am, Glenn offered to take me for a morning jet ski ride on the river and the Chesapeake Bay.  What a blast!  By 9:30 am we were flying across the water.  I came up off the seat several times, and I was laughing so hard, I’m sure that Glenn was wishing he had ear plugs.  I’m so glad that I didn’t take my camera!!  What a treat that was for me, and Glenn gave me a great tour.

It was a hot, humid, and 94 degree morning when I pulled out and headed for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Thankfully the road (Rts 381 and 382) were shaded, and like a roller coaster, and made for fun riding.  Despite the shade, I was still a bit over heated and dehydrated, and decided to stop for lunch at Rips Country Inn near Bowie, Maryland.  Endless water, unsweet iced tea, and a bacon cheeseburger had me refuled and rehydrated for the ride over the Bay Bridge.

It took about 15 minutes to get through the toll line and before I knew it, I was on the 4.2 mile long bridge.  The bridge, built in 1952, wth the second span added in 1972, rises 186 feet above the water and I can not tell you how badly I wished I could have stopped to look the all around and below.

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The whole way over I was grinning from ear to ear and the folks in nearby cars would roll down their windows to laugh with me (or at me).  If I’d had the time, I would have turned around at the end and gone right back over.  As it was, I pulled over as soon as I was able and took some pictures.  I definitely need a better zoom!

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Once over the bridge, I continued east, heading for Bethany Beach, Delaware.

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I rode by cornfields …

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and more cornfields …

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and even more cornfields.

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I finally arrived in Bethany Beach, thirsty and ready for the end of the day beer.  And that’s when I knew I was in the right place:

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I am so grateful that Jan and Neal offered me the use of their home away from home in Bethany.  As soon as I opened up the house, and turned on the water, and a/c, I was out and on the hunt for food and drink … despite the multiple alerts about an upcoming storm.  What the heck, I thought? I’m not going far.

As soon as I settled in at the bar at Magnolia’s, the skies opened!!  Lightning, thunder, and pouring rain gave me the opportunity to get to know the folks next to me.  They were 20 year visitors to Bethany Beach and in addition to buying me a beer, offered information about fun things to do while there.  Once outside, I had to push the bike out of the slight downhill spot I parked it in, rode back to the house in the rain, and settled in for the night.

I realize that this particular post may not make for exciting reading.  One of the reasons I started blogging was to have a journal of my rides to share with family and friends.  Thanks for joining me on this ride!