Ted's Big Perimeter Ride 2014---Day 2

Pokomoke City, MD to Buxton, NC
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Well, here I am on the ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island mid-day on Thursday. Technology is wonderful, I set my iPhone to become a HotSpot, connected my laptop Wi-Fi to the iPhone, and updated the web-server in my basement at home from the middle of the water. Just gotta love it when it all works as advertised.

Wednesday was a rather uneventful day, no inclement weather to deal with, no equipment losses, no hassles...that's the way I like it. I stopped at the Wright Memorial in Kitty Halk, but it was too close to closing time (5:00) for me to see inside the visitor center. Oh well, the real airplane is in the Washington, DC Smithsonian anyway.

Riding time: 8 hours 33 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 279 miles,
    Total   = 519 miles
Average Miles/Gallon for trip: 41.8
Average Price/Gallon for day:  $4.03 (Premium Grade)

Gas Used to Date:  $47.56
./IMG_0295.JPG 08:34 AM Ready to leave the motel for a leasurly ride down the Maryland Eastern shore and into Virginia.
./IMG_0295.JPG 9:27 AM - Entering VA and heading for the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach.
./IMG_0295.JPG 10:08 AM - Much of the Maryland and Virginia Eastern shore region is comprised of vast fields of grain and corn. I saw enormous harvesters reaping the grain fields; much like this one. The fields are really quite a lovely sight to see.
./IMG_0295.JPG 10:38 AM - Here is a corn field surrounded by dandilions. At this time of year they were this tall in the field. Funny, I thought that fact was worth noting. Life is easy on a ride like this, and I find myself noticing things that otherwise I might.
11:27 AM - Crossing the Bridge-Tunnel-Bridge-Tunnel-Bridge...This roadway was not at all busy during my crossing, almost like I had the entire Southbound span to myself. Which is wonderful for a motorcyclist.
./IMG_0295.JPG 12:54 PM - Saw this blissful cove along side the road, what an idealic peaceful sight.
12:59 PM - End worries too!
2:09 PM - Back of new T-shirt

3:41 PM - Currituck Lighthouse on Pine Island, completed in 1875.

200+ lovely stairs to the top


3:44 PM - One of the views from the top of the lighthouse.

The climb costs $8 and is well worth the views.

Ocean is to the left, so on-shore breezes sweep in and rise up the slope making a brisk breeze at the crest. This is in Jockey Ridge State Park, and it's claim to fame is the East Coast's largest naturally occurring sand dune.
5:11 PM

This info provided my my friend, Chris Cataldo. Thanks Chris:

The name Kill Devil Hills dates back to the Colonial era. Shipwrecks were common at the time, and many of the ships were transporting barrels of rum. When a ship foundered, local wreckers would scavenge what they could of the ship's cargo before it sank, hiding their pilfered rum behind, and sometimes in, the same large sand dunes where the Wright Brothers would later perform glider tests, before flying their first plane from level ground nearby. Since rum was called "Kill Devil" by the English at the time the dunes became known as "Kill Devil Hills."

Rum is distilled liquor made from sugarcane products, usually produced as a by-product of sugar manufacture. It includes both the light-bodied rums, typified by those of Cuba and Puerto Rico, and the heavier and fuller-flavoured rums of Jamaica.

Rums originated in the West Indies and are first mentioned in records from Barbados in about 1650. They were called “kill-devil” or “rumbullion” and by 1667 were simply called rum. Rum figured in the slave trade of the American colonies: slaves were brought from Africa and traded to the West Indies for molasses; the molasses was made into rum in New England; and the rum was then traded to Africa for more slaves. British sailors received regular rations of rum from the 18th century until 1970. Rum, the major liquor distilled during the early history of the United States, was sometimes mixed with molasses and called blackstrap or mixed with cider to produce a beverage called stonewall.

7:20 PM - Arriving at Cape Hatteras, NC
7:29 PM - The quite famous lighthouse.
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