SEA TO SHINING SEA: A booming welcome to Delaware

This scene on Rt. 18 west of Centreville caught my eye for lots of reasons: the tall soybeans, the chicken houses, the advertisement for fresh tomatoes, and the historic marker.  All felt familiar and like home. The historic marker is for a prominent colonial figure who also was the father of the famous portrait painter Charles Willson Peale. All across the country towns and regions have big and little pieces of history they like to share.  It's all part of the amazing American culture we're all part of. BY DENNIS FORNEY
August 10, 2013

DAY 84 - AUGUST 9, 2013 - Wow! Delmarva greeted us with classic early August weather.  Hot sun pushed the temperature into the 90s and the humidity laid against our skin like plastic wrap. Gator Aid, root beer popsicles, water on top of water - they barely kept up with our sweat machines. When we rolled into Georgetown at about 5:15, we were lucky enough to find a room in Lynn and Ed Lester's Brick Hotel just before the big storm struck with all its flashing lightning and booming thunder.

Larry and Alison fed us the first scrapple we've had this entire journey, this morning, and then Larry ferried us across the most dangerous bridge in America - between Annapolis and Kent Island - where we picked up the Cross Island Trail in Stevensville.

Six hours and 68 miles later we jumped in a shower at the Brick and the first water coming off our heads was so loaded with salt it tasted like the ocean.

So that brings our total for the journey, as of today, to 3,348 miles.  Tomorrow's final ride to Lewes will add another 14 or so to break through the 3,360 mark.

Final reminder: our home at 114 School Lane in Lewes will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday so we can say hi to anyone who would like to stop by.  We'll have food and drink so come on over. Walk, ride a bike or drive and park somewhere around the school.  We really look forward to seeing familiar faces.

Thanks again for riding along with us.