The ride to Washington was clear and cool but the gusting wind had us looking for a more sheltered ride through the farm country. It was pushing us all over the road. We went by the Smithfield packing facility and through Turkey, NC where the Butterball Turkey feed plant is located. Arriving around 12:00 in Washington. We were looking for Bill's Hotdogs a local place very popular with people but were having trouble finding it. We ended up at Pam's Diner where all the food is homemade and that day very good. Ray wandered in halfway through the meal with stories to tell. Work, glad I am done with it!
We left for Nags Head via back roads coming up on Rt. 64 just before the bridges over the sound to the outer banks. Wind was a constant problem and it was rapidly getting cooler. Arriving at the Quality Inn with great off-season rates we decided to eat an early dinner so we could warm up and get a good nights sleep. We had a great seafood dinner at the Black Pelican, not a cheap meal and enjoyed rehashing the ride down. Both Ray and Tom are wonderful travel companions although you don't want to room with Ray if you don't have ear plugs!!
We were up early Saturday morning and after a quick cup of coffee we started down Rt. 12 heading toward Okracoke Island. The day couldn't have been better and as the Hatteras Lighthouse came into view a stop was in order.
We were disappointed to find that climbing season, for the lighthouse, started in 2 weeks and everything was closed up.
The ride to Okracoke was beautiful and Rt. 12 was clear and dry, not always the case! We decided that rather than staying out overnight we would take whatever ferry back, 2 different ferries come and go from Okracoke, and make it home that evening. We took a quick route home and it was a great 2 day ride with unexpectedly good weather.