From the time we left Annapolis to the time we arrived at Jon's and Pat's in Lewes, Delaware, the driving portion took us three hours, a bit longer than anticipated but not totally unexpected due to the solid 30 minute wait to cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as we left Annapolis. Hungrily, we took a minor detour for lunch at Snappy's Grille, about 35 minutes from Lewes. Let's just say that large portions are a way of life at Snappy's. Fred and I split a club sandwich, and at half size the sandwich was closer to the full size that I consider standard. Fred chose Snappy's Grille because we were hungry but also because he was curious to find out if Jon was familiar with it, as Jon is most definitely a connoisseur of interesting and local eateries. (Turns out he hadn't heard of it beforehand.)
As we were paying our bill the waitress who served us began to wax poetic about the crab dishes, at which point the owner/chef went into the kitchen and returned to show us a bucket of freshly chopped crab that was harvested from local waters. He was quite proud of the fact that it was real crab and insisted I take a close look. I'm not a fan of crab dishes but that didn't stop me from letting him know I understood what a big deal it was to have local fresh crab with which to prepare dishes.
The day being sunny and hot, we appreciated the blast of air conditioning that greeted us upon arriving at our destination. As the day wound down we piled into one car and met our niece and her family at Cape Henlopen State Park where we spent a delightful time frolicking in the water (all but two of us), nibbling on snacks, and just plain enjoying ourselves.
Afterwards, Jon wanted to take us to a semi-local find (about a 20 minute drive) of which he had recently become a fan. It was 8:00 at night by the time we had dinner, way too late for our taste. Suffice it to say Fred and I both thought one visit to this restaurant was more than sufficient. I'll leave it at that!
The next day we had all agreed to meet Lisa and family at 7:00 a.m. for a family cycle to Rehoboth and breakfast at Egg. Fred and Jon provided car backup while four adults cycled, one with a child in a children's bicycle seat and one with a child on a bicycle that was the third wheel of the adults cycle. This was my first experience riding a "beach bike" and while I quite liked the stability of the thicker tires (my bike at home is a 30-year old Peugeot racing bike) and being able to sit upright rather than slightly hunched over, I was not a fan of the wide handle bars, which apparently are designed to make the bike easier to control on sand.
We had a scenic, level (as Jon says, all of Delaware is level!), and uneventful 7.5 mile ride, definitely earning our delicious breakfast. First photo is en route, second one is arriving at the restaurant.
After breakfast one child went home via car, leaving the rest of us to cycle home via a slightly more scenic and longer route thru the state park we had visited the day before. Crossing the road in front of the restaurant took a bit longer for half of us and by the time we arrived on the other side of the busy road my sister-in-law had already begun her cycle home. By the time we caught up to her, she had taken a spill off her bicycle. Although when we arrived she was standing up with her bike, it was readily apparent that she had sustained a fall. And the final outcome? A broken right elbow and a possible fracture of her left arm, along with numerous bruises along her right side.
Once we arrived back at the house Fred and I determined that we wanted to make space for our family to focus on what they needed to and not have to think twice about guests. After checking with Steve, and once the afternoon thunderstorms seemed to pass, we returned for one more night's visit with him, one more walk in Oakbourne Park, and one of the easiest drives back to New York that we've experienced in a year of multiple drives along this route.
And the good news is that as of this writing, a week and a day later, the surgery on Pat's elbow was successful, healing is happening, and she is poised to leave on Tuesday for a planned trip with Lisa and family to Iceland. Yippee and Whew!