Breakfast was biscuits, gravy and Chorizo eggs. My dietary restrictions didn't stand a chance down here so I would just have to rededicate myself after we get back on the road. I finished yesterday's blog post and then Sandy and I called the utility companies back in Sudbury to cancel the accounts for her mother's house, because the sale closes on Friday.
One update on yesterday. Someone found the one missing jigsaw puzzle piece on the floor so it was actually 1,000 pieces, but the puzzle was already dismantled in the box.
At 11:30, Billy Bob, Linda, Sandy and I climbed into their trusty Subaru Legacy and headed south towards Manteo (pronounced MAN-ee-oh). It took us an hour to get there and, once we got to US 158 (where we got onto the island) the laid back two-lane road gave way to a main four-lane thoroughfare lined with commercial ventures all the way along. It reminded me of the difference between St. Pete's Beach and Pass-a-Grille in Florida.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills was closed today, probably due to the high winds.
After driving further south on US 158, we turned right and crossed Roanoke Sound on a causeway/bridge to Roanoke Island and parked at Roanoke Island Festival Park, itself a small island.
Over the bridge, we walked along the boardwalk past some interesting boats until we got to the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse Area area.
A mark on the tower showed the high water mark (7' 11" above mean sea level) from Hurricane Irene in 2011. That would have flooded the entire town.
On the way out of Manteo, we stopped at Big Al's for lunch. This retro diner was a shrine dedicated to the worship of all things Coca-Cola. My mushroom/Swiss burger (with bun and fries) was very good, even if it was a bit pricey.
When we came outside around 2:30, the skies had cleared and the sun wash shining.
Back on the OBX, we made another stop at Jeanette's Pier. The wind was howling out of the north and we got sandblasted just getting from the parking lot to the building. We paid $2.00 each to go out on the pier (the ticket was good until midnight). The wind was blowing a sustained 40 MPH with gusts to 55 and the seas were breaking a fair way offshore.
I am sure a visit to the pier on a calm day would be nice but this was memorable.
Today's Route (67 Subaru miles):