Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Spring 15 Tour Day 4 - Virginia Beach to Nags Head, NC

Hello from Nags Head North Carolina! At the fabulous Rodeway Inn!

It was a tough day today. 83 miles of stiff headwinds. It was slow going, on narrow shoulders of four lane roads. It was a beautiful sunny day, temperatures in the low 70s.

We started with Breakfast at Java Surf, in Virginia Beach.

They have art you can buy on the walls at Java Surf.

I can't even begin to figure out what's going on with that painting.

The plan for the day was to go south into North Carolina to Knotts Island, then take the Currituck Ferry back to the mainland, then go south and over a bridge to the Outer Banks. We rode through Kitty Hawk, and end at Nags Head.

For this to work we would have to make the 12:00 ferry, which Google Maps says is 32.5 miles from the start. We left at 9:00, which you would think would be no problem. But there were bad headwinds, and mostly all salt marsh with no trees to block the wind.

We made it with 10 minutes to spare. We had a scare when the sign 10 miles from the ferry said it was 12 miles to the ferry.

Here is an osprey. It had it's nest on a piling right next to the ferry landing.

To get out to the island, you take the Wright Memorial Bridge. It is two two-lane spans. It is two miles long. Minimal shoulder. One span was closed for construction. So it was one span each way, with posts between the lanes. After a few cars passed us, the next vehicle behind us was a big truck pulling a giant RV. It was two wide to pass us. So we created a massive backup as we rode across.

And here is the ocean at Kitty Hawk.

Lunch was at the Pass the Salt Cafe, right by the ferry landing. It was great. Dinner was next door at Sam and Omie's, where Abbie the bartender makes very strong margaritas.

Today was opening day, I listened to the Orioles game while riding. If I stick my phone in the front of the trunk rack it's right behind my head, and I can hear it great. The O's won 6-2 and it sounds like they were very sharp.

Here are the tracks for today.

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