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Published: July 23rd 2016
The Bridge is Out!!!
You can see where the bridge dives underwater/underground to allow for the passing of deep hulled vessels. This is a long long bridge.
Day 18 - Virginia Beach to Jersey City
It's a long drive from Virginia Beach to Jersey City and we had hoped to start out with some historical sites just north of Atlantic Ave. We found out, however, that they are within the boundaries of a military base, and Tony impressed the guard at the gate with the excellent turning radius of our rig. On our way we went over/through the Cheasepeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. It was considered one of the greatest feats of engineering in the 1970's when it was designed and built. It has 4 man-made island that are connected by 2 tunnels and 3 bridges to span the Cheasepeake Bay. Tony has been excited about this bridge since he first started planning the trip. We stopped at the viewing platform (and restaurant) on the first island before continuing on to the other side of the the bay. It's exciting to be in the middle of the bay on an island. Tony thinks it feels more isolated than the bridges on the Florida keys. We went through 3 states today, Maryland, Deleware, and New Jersey on our way to Jersey City. We stopped for lunch in a town called
The first island (Northbound) has a viewing area and pier, plus a restaurant and bathrooms. The other islands do not, so it's worthwhile to make a stop here. turning around could be tough in long vehicles if it's crowded.
Princess Anne and in Princeton to meet with Michelle's friend Esperanza and her family and to have dinner. Esperanza and her family moved back to Pennsylvania before the end of the school year. She and Michelle have been talking regularly since then. We made it to our RV park by 8 PM after some pretty harrowing driving in the heart of Jersey City. The Park was right at the edge of the marina, and we took a short walk to find out where we could catch the ferry to Liberty State Park in the morning. We could see the statue of liberty from the park and were treated to some fireworks of unknown origin before heading to bed.
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