Thursday wound up being a 10+ hour workday while I was trying to wrap everything up before our vacation. This left no time for training except for a very short (like 12min) jog with Tassie when I got home. Then I packed up as much as possible because the plan was to leave town right after the Master's swim on Friday morning.
We took the scenic route this time - up through the Norfolk, Virginia area and over/under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Then through that part of the Virginia that is not even connected to the state - let me tell you, that place is weird. Then on through Maryland (close to Eagleman) and Delaware where we picked up the Lewes-Cape May Ferry. You just drive your car on and you have a lovely boat trip to the southern tip of New Jersey. I highly recommend it - what a nice way to travel instead of the alternative through DC and Philly. After our hellacious drive up to the Philly tri last month we were not entertaining that route again.
Marty had booked us tickets on the 6:15 pm ferry, but we made good time and were set to arrive just a little after 4 pm. There was a 4:15 ferry (and we knew that if we got there in time we could get on), but the website said you needed to arrive 1/2 hour before. We were going to be cutting it close just to arrive around 4:15 and Marty started to stress out a little at the prospect of having to wait an additional 2 hours before the next boat ride. We drive up to the ferry station at around 4:10 and the attendant said:
"Hi. I'll need your license and confirmation number."
Marty: "We have a reservation for the 6:15 ferry!!! But we were hoping to get on the 4:15!!! Is there anyway we can get on the 4:15????!!!!!"
Attendant (totally dead-pan): "Yeah, if I could get your license and confirmation number."
Heehee. Apparently this was no German train station and we had plenty of time to drive onto the ferry :)
In the end, we made it in to Cape May and then drove into Ocean City to stop by a beach house where some of Marty's old friends stay every summer. Our quick 'stop-by' turned into several hours of good conversation and laughs and they insisted on feeding us an extremely huge and yummy dinner. Very nice.
Today we checked into our little condo on the bay after a run on the boardwalk. They have a big boat parade tonight called Night in Venice that we'll be able to watch right outside our back door. Vacation has begun!
Leaving Delaware on the ferry: