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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eastern Shore Today

Steve and I started our day at the monthly BMW Motorcycle Club of Hampton Roads meeting. Since there wasn't too much of an organized ride afterward, Steve and I decided to go to the Eastern Shore for lunch. Oh, and to collect two more counties in Virginia.

Going to the Eastern Shore requires us to go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel unless we take a long trip around DC. The tunnel was a $12 toll one way for each bike, then an additional $5 each bike coming back. $34 to cross over to the Eastern Shore.

Once across, we traveled up highway 13, a big 4-lane road with lots of traffic. Not very fun. But it was considerably cooler on that side of the water, probably by about 10 degrees. Anyway, we went to the Island House Restaurant in Wachapreague, Va. for lunch. It was a charming little place on the Atlantic side of the Eastern Shore, with multiple islands in view, all uninhabited.

On the way home, we took route 600 or Seaside Dr., a wonderful little 2-lane road with no cars in sight. When I saw it on the map, I was a little concerned that it would be a lot of stops, but there were maybe only two stop signs in 40 miles. If only the tunnel wasn't so expensive, we might actually take that trip more often.

Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out the GPS quite yet. I had created a route on Mapquest that should have brought us down Seaside Dr., and sent it to the GPS. But when we started to leave the restaurant, it changed it the fastest route, even though I imported it as a custom route. It was still nice to have though as I just watched it and decided the route as we went.

Another wonderful day on our bikes, about 172 miles total today.  Of course, that means another weekend of my yard not getting mowed. Yikes!

Oh and my son, Taylor, got his motorcycle license this weekend after taking the motorcycle basic rider course. So proud of him, and of course, a little worried.  Taylor is 20 and goes to college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., about a 3-hour drive from Norfolk. This will be great on the gas mileage. He has a 1996 Honda CB750 Nighthawk.

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