March 29th was the start of a long weekend getaway. We were on our way out of Warren, PA at 5:30 am, en route Chincoteague Island, VA.
We stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s in Clearfield, PA. We used an order kiosk there for the first time. We had to pay at the counter, as the cashless mechanism was off line. After eating our bagel sandwiches, hash browns and beverage of choice, we were back on the road at 7:45 am.
It was a foggy drive, with dense fog at times.
This was the view on I-99 at Osterburg, PA at 9:06 am.
The fog was even more dense, as we descended the Town Hill mountain range on I-70 in Pennsylvania. The fog was close in, making me feel a little bit claustrophobic! The fog left us, after descending Town Hill. Driving conditions were good rest of the way to Chincoteague Island.
The drive would have been more interesting without the fog. It is a beautiful drive from Pennsylvania to Maryland. Because of the fog we saw very little of the countryside.
We entered Maryland at 9:55 am and crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis shortly before noon.
Crossing over the Bay Bridge
The Bay Bridge is 4.3 miles long. I suffer from gephyrophobia, the fear of bridges. I am particularly fearful of long and tall bridges. My fear originated many years ago, while crossing a bridge in Maine. I was boxed in, nowhere to go. Looking through my rear view mirror, I saw a truck closing in quickly. It was not slowing down. The truck rear-ended me. Thankfully, myself and a passenger did not sustain any injuries. We were both quite shaken, though, by the experience.
My fear of bridges has lessened over time. I used to grip the steering wheel, if I was driving (or the door handle if I was a passenger), so tightly that my fingers would turn white. Nowadays I sometimes close my eyes, if not driving, or take several deep breaths, if driving, while crossing a bridge. I am not fearful of all bridges. If traffic is light and I can see the end of the bridge, I have no fear.
We ate lunch at IHOP in Chester on Kent Island, MD. Bob ordered a grilled cheese sandwich. I had a BLT sandwich. We were back on the road at 1:00 pm.
We arrived in Virginia, via Route 12, shortly before 3:30 pm. We made it to our hotel, the Best Western Chincoteague Island, by 4:00 pm. We checked in and got settled in our room. We decided to go for a bicycle ride, after relaxing for a short time in our room.
We brought our folding bicycles with us to Virginia. After removing the bicycles from their carrying bags, unfolding them, and adjusting the seats we went for a short bicycle ride. Best Western Chincoteague Island is the closest hotel to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We rode our bicycles almost to the refuge entrance, a distance of about 1/2 mile.
On the way to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, there is a very nice view of the Assateague Channel.
Returning to the hotel, we ditched the bicycles and drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Our hotel provides several outdoor bike racks.
This particular bike rack was located behind the hotel.
We drove along Beach Drive to the Assateague Island National Seashore.
We made it to the beach.
We ate dinner at the Chincoteague Diner and Restaurant, which is located conveniently next door to the Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel We have eaten at this restaurant during past Chincoteague vacations. The food has always been good. Service, though, can be on the slow side. I just think life is slower on an island than it is on the mainland. A slower lifestyle is one of the reasons that we keep coming back to Chincoteague Island.
After dinner we returned to the hotel, where we spent rest of the evening.
Oh, the hotel. I should probably tell you a little something about the hotel and our room. We like the Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel. This was our third or fourth stay at this hotel. Off season a room rate of approximately $90+tax is reasonable, especially when Discover reward point gift cards are used to defray some of the cost. The hotel location is quiet. As is customary at most, if not all, Best Western hotels breakfast is provided on a complementary basis. The hotel provides a good selection of breakfast items, hot and cold. The hotel and the rooms are clean. The hotel staff is very friendly. We selected a two queen bed room with balcony for our 3-night stay. Best Western Chincoteague Island is our go-to hotel, whenever we vacation on Chincoteague Island.
Stay tuned for more blog posts about our Chincoteague Island vacation.