Thursday, October 3: We loaded up the Roadtrek, getting an intentionally late start heading to North Carolina. Two people, a kayak, and a dog – meet Otis. The objective was the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to pick up Marilyn’s daughter/Otis’s mom, and bring her back to Vermont. After a stop at the local food co-op, we headed west, stopping at Taylor Farmfor local Vermont cheese.
I was driving, so did not get a photo of the cattle wandering toward the road – and us – having escaped their fence! Then it was on to Long Pond State Forest in New York State; I’ve stayed there before. With all the stops, and rush hour traffic past Troy and Albany, we didn’t get in until after 8:00, and dark – but found a campsite with no problem, and we were the only ones around. Dark, quiet, flat. It was a short day – 236 miles.
Friday, October 4: Even if we’d not been in a hurry to get on the road, it was drizzling and not inspiring for paddling. Some day I’ll actually paddle here! I’d hoped to make it all the way to North Carolina – but we quit when we got to northern Virginia. Along the way, though, we did stop at in northern Maryland to walk ourselves, and the dog.
The Iron Master’s House, as it was, and today: Then it was on the road again, and down to the slog that is Interstate travel around Washington, DC. This drive is definitely a test of patience – but Otis had the right idea!Seeing how late it was getting, by the time we were free of the DC area, we bailed, and headed to Tim and Maria’s house on the Potomac River. After 448 miles, I was ready to stop – and it was 8PM, and dark.
Saturday, October 5: In the morning, we could see the waves we’d been hearing all night crashing on the shore. And it was a beautiful day for the rest of the drive: