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July 11, 2011 - Somehow, we managed a ferry crossing of Lake Champlain (Charlotte-Essex Township, NY). Looking back on my GPS route, I'm not sure why we ended up taking the ferry, since the original route had us traveling further south and then crossing a short bridge. Oh well, it was worth the price of admission and the extra time. 

July 12, 2011 - We spent some time on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (again) today, riding east on our way to Delaware. This short video reflects the Lehigh Tunnel you pass through in Eastern PA.

July 13, 2011 - Our last day of riding called for crossing the Chesapeake Bay via a bridge including two tunnels under the water in Virginia. This longer video reflects the entire trip across the bay. Yes, it takes about 20 minutes in good weather to cross. We were glad the wind wasn't howling and the rain falling. The heat was quite enough.


Day 7 - Vermont Trip (Rehoboth, DE to Raleigh, NC - Home!) - 7/13/11

Ok, so we took that cab down to Dogfish Head's brew pub last night. What a great place! The eats were good, the beer was excellent and I managed to shake Sam Calagione's hand before he left with his family. Cool!

We don't usually partake in dessert, but boy did we last night! The picture below is of their Chicory Stout Bacon Chocolate Cheesecake. Yes, I said bacon and it was full of it. Wow, what a combo. This dessert is as unique as their beers and was well worth the $8 to try it.

Chicory Stout Bacon Chocolate Cheesecake

We didn't have time to get over to the actual brewery at Milton, DE. Maybe next time. If you're a fan of craft beer, then this is THE place to check out when in Rehoboth Beach. It was a great way to spend our last evening out on the road.


Now for today's trip... We tried to beat the heat by hitting the road around 6:40 this morning. The ride was pleasant until we hit the Virginia Beach area just across the Chesapeake Bay bridge. Then things started heating up and didn't quit. Road construction had traffic at a standstill in the Norfolk area, but we managed to improvise a new route and get around things without too much pain.

Grandpa's Kitchen in Littleton, NC was to be our lunch stop, but alas, grandpa wasn't there and the place was closed. No NC BBQ for us today.

So, we took a quick break to drink some water and stretch and hit the road again. We arrive in Raleigh just before 2PM with the temperature already near 103 degrees. It's good to be home.

We rode 364 miles just today, but in total we covered 2117 miles. Both of us feel like it, too. :-)

Watch for for me to post more pictures and possibly a video or two later. 


Day 6 - Vermont Trip (Hazleton, PA to Rehoboth Beach, DE)

We spent some time on the Pennsylvania Turnpike today on our way east to the Philadelphia area. It's not what I consider a fun ride, but it made short work of the miles from Hazleton, PA to our destination of Rehoboth Beach, DE.

As mentioned, we've never been in Delaware, so we inserted another night into our trip to allow us to cross this one off the list. We arrived a little past noon and were able to check in early at the Hampton Inn (notice a trend here?). Back on the bike, we headed out for some seafood at The Big Fish Grill. Yummy fish and shrimp tacos were shared before we made a quick sightseeing jaunt around the beach area. Quick was the operative word, since we DON'T ride in shorts and t-shirts as previous pictures prove. It's quite warm here today.

We put just a short 230 miles on the bike today. Tomorrow, we'll ride south into Virginia, cross the Chesapeake Bay via bridge and tunnel and then cross back into North Carolina south and west of Norfolk. It promises to be a long day with the temperatures expected to be near 100 degrees in the Raleigh area just in time for our afternoon arrival.

Tonight, we'll take a cab to dinner at the Dogfish Head brew pub. These guys were the first to brew beer in Delaware and they do a mighty fine job of it. Maybe we'll even bump into Sam. Regardless, I need to be good or tomorrow will be an even longer ride.


Day 5 - Vermont Trip (Burlington, VT to Hazleton, PA

Sunrise came too early and it was once again time to climb on the GS and start our trip back. Heading south out of Burlington, we got an early morning surprise! A ferry ride. Apparently, GPS units routinely determine that the best way around Lake Champlain over to the Adirondacks of New York is to send you across the lake! I wonder what the GPS does in the winter when the lake's frozen over?

Waiting for the 8AM ferry over to Essex Township, NY

20 minutes across the lake. Beats riding around.

The beautiful scenery along Lake Champlain soon gave way to mostly deserted two-lane roads through the Adirondacks of New York. I can imagine that Sunday traffic would be much different. We pretty much had the roads to ourselves all morning. One note: The winter really takes a toll on the asphalt and in places we were bouncing off the seat. Yikes. I was glad we were on a GS, but even it was complaining.

New York gave way to Pennsylvania and we were soon heading down the interstate again, bound for Hazleton. After 8.5 hours and (only) 403 miles on the clock, we arrived at the Hampton Inn.

Brian the bartender at the Top of the 80's restaurant took care of us once again. This hotel and the attached restaurant have to have one of the nicest views in all of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, we're headed for Rehoboth Beach, DE. We've never ridden in Delaware, so it seemed like the thing to do. Besides, Rehoboth Beach is the home of Dogfish Head's brew pub. A taste (just a taste) of 120 Minute IPA will be calling my name.


Day 4 - Vermont Trip (Hanging out in Burlington)

As promised, we took a day off from riding on Sunday and enjoyed downtown Burlington. Yup, we could get used to it, but would probably not enjoy the winters as much as the ones in Raleigh.

 The Lake Champlain waterfront was right across the street from our hotel.We enjoyed the early morning sun at the pier watching some sweet boats come and go. The one above turned out to be from Oriental, NC. We didn't realize until it departed.

Someone was too relaxed, but she deserved it.

We had a great lunch at American Flatbread. This place has some awesome wood-fired pizzas and brews their own on site. We tried the Gruit Ale which replaces traditional hops with herbs. Very interesting - and recommended.

Lunch at American Flatbread - The weather was PERFECT!Yes, that's goat cheese!!

The afternoon sun was a bit warmer than the morning's. I managed to get a little sunburned - as usual. What I can't figure out is that my white legs never burn like my face. What's up with that?

After a bit of afternoon rest, we headed out again for dinner. We ate outdoors again, this time at Three Tomatoes Trattoria on Church St. Church street is closed to vehicular traffic and is several blocks long, featuring many street musicians, shops and of course restaurants. The night wasn't finished until we had some ice cream from Ben and Jerry's. No trip to Vermont is complete without that.

We're sorry to be leaving, but we start our trip back on Monday. We'll ride through the Adirondacks of New York before returning back into Pennsylvania for another night's stay in Hazleton.