We got on the ferry and it left on time; it was a rough crossing. Dianne was afraid and Tom was a bit queasy but the rest of us rolled with it. We had one of the deckhands take our group photo in the shirt Dennis designed. Here we all are on our last day together: Dianne, Doris, me, Bill, Dennis, Diana, Tom and Fred. Dianne and I played Scrabble throughout the crossing.
We landed at Lewes, DE and drove to a small restaurant for a late breakfast. We had planned on eating on the boat, but it was such a rough trip that the captain requested that we stay seated. We only got out of our seats for the photo!
After breakfast we lined up on the beach for our morning photo.
The path through Cape Henlopen State Park was great fun. We passed by another defense tower from World War II.
The State Park Trail led right to the Walking Dunes Trail. It was really clever how they built the raised trail to protect the dunes. The Walking Dunes Trail led right into the Gordons Pond Trail. We stopped at several locations to look at the dunes and the waterbirds. We could see the ocean off in the distance.
At the end of the trails we stopped for a quick break and then it was but a short jaunt to the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach.
After Rehoboth Beach we rode the rest of the day on DE 1, which was busy at times but had a nice wide bike lane. Dennis had a flat tire just a few miles out from Ocean City.
Finally we were there! We crossed the state line into Maryland, and I officially finished biking all 50 states! This was the best biking day ever--we had bright sunshine, the wind was at our backs and we were on trail or substantial bike lanes the entire route.
We checked into our hotel, cleaned up and went down to take advantage of happy hour. My cousin Rochelle and her husband Steve drove here from Annapolis to have dinner with us. We all had a great time and Rochelle and Steve were good sports listening to all of our biking stories.
We said farewell to Fred, Doris, Tom and Dennis after dinner--they are leaving for Michigan tomorrow morning. Dianne, Diana and I are going to do one more ride in Delaware before we all head for home.