We’ve been home for a few days now. I have gone to work. The boys have watched TV. Big Rock has cleaned out the car back to factory -grade cleanliness.
I promised you some details about the last leg of the road trip, so here you go:
For the record I now have access to a working laptop and iPad with a keyboard, but i decided do this on my iPhone, which I’ve used for every single one of these posts!
We left Maryland (and those wild horses) and followed the coast all the way back up to Newark, Delaware. I know it sounds crazy, but we drove back to Newark for pizza. It’s really good pizza. it’s Mario’s Pizza. After a few slices and the purchase of a full pie that we tucked into our very empty cooler, we headed down the south Jersey coast (not shore) on the Delaware Bay (I think that’s what it was). We drove on the New Jersey Coastline Heritage Trail, which took us through a very,very rural part of Jersey past farms and more farms and tiny towns and more tiny towns and we were really surprised at this part of the state.
We drove directly into Avalon NJ, at the southern bit of the Jersey Shore. Avalon is beautiful with great beaches, great beach houses and people just out and about everywhere. We saw runners, skaters, kids selling lemonade and Rainbow Loom bracelets, and people riding these strange elliptical machines, like a bike. What are those?
We pretty much followed roads called Ocean Ave, Beach Road, Shore Drive or some combo of those all the way to Atlantic City (baby).
It was getting dark, so we walked the boardwalk a bit then tried to find a place to camp, which is hard to do on the jersey shore for some reason. We ended up at Bass River State Park, a huge park around Lake Absegami.
It was a little rainy, so I signed us up for a lean to, which normally is a three walled structure that you can just throw your sleeping bags into and be semi safe from the rain. In New Jersey, a lean to is a tiny cabin with a door and a wood stove and about 5000 dead bugs and 150 ants eating them. Big Rocky swept and then i swept and he graciously allowed me to lay the tarp down before we put our sleeping bags on the floor. We had a quick dinner and crashed in the lean to (I felt like bugs wee crawling on me all night but I have no direct proof that they were.)
The next day (8/24 day 33) we had breakfast lakeside–the swimming area of the lake was PACKED at 9 am with families setting up tents and hammocks and beach chairs and getting ready for a day of bbqs and swimming. It looked so fun!
We continued our slow slow drive up the shore. Long Beach Island was next. We love a barrier island and LBI did not disappoint. We headed all the way down to the 110th street beach at the southern end to check out the Longboard Surfing Competition. So fun! It was a total southern California vibe with all sorts of people just hanging out to watch the surfers. We loved it.
There were several surf shop stops and a drive through some towns that were really devastated by Sandy and a quick stop in a town called Loveladies. I loved that.
Further up the coast, we stopped for a swim in beautiful Spring Lake with its Victorian houses and old school charm. Then through Asbury Park, which is getting funky and Deal, which blew us away with its HUMONGOUS homes. It was getting late and we were getting hungry.
We ate delicious Mexican food at Chilongo’s in Holdings, NJ then humped it to my parents house in Trumbull, CT. The boys fell asleep listening to Margurite Hume’s story of “The Horses of Chincateague” which tells about those horses in Assateague that snotted all over my stuff!
On Sunday (day 34 8/26), we drove up the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island then hopped on 95 in Providence and finally got home. We were going to drive home the regular way, the way I’ve been going since I started BU in 1991, but I’m so glad we didn’t. We drive through some great little New England beach towns like Niantic and Guildord in ct and we stopped for dinner in Narraganset. I loved it. We really eked out the last bits of the trip by going that way… We really did not want to go home.
So, that’s it. I’m working on a longer post about the trip as a whole. Not sure when that will get done though. Life is just so busy now… We had a great trip. Thanks for following us!
Here are a few last pics: welcome home in Trumbull, boys sleeping, Narraganset beach, pile of groceries I bought on Monday night…