Road notes: July 9

7/9/04

Breakfast with McCrohons in Washington

Drive up to New Jersey by way of the Lewes-Cape May Ferry

Needed to reserve ferry spot and arrive an hour ahead of departure for “security reasons.”

Got to terminal about 55 minutes before our scheduled departure at 4:15 p.m. But they put us on the 3:30 p.m. ferry. What security? They did check my ID when we drove up to the gate, but that’s it..

Clear on the ferry. Lewes beaches stretching west along shore of Delaware Bay.

from D.C. Crowded.

As we approached Cape May, passengers spotted about 20 dolphins off port side (one said she saw a whale, too). Occasionally one leaped from the water. But mostly we saw them arching and diving.

Cape May: Wild place? Was always taken by image of Cape May warbler, which I have only seen in a book.

New Jersey’s Ocean Route, the scenic way up the shore: Nonstop strip of beachtown development. Prettier once you turn away from shore, north of Wildwood, and cross wide stretch of marshes toward the Garden State parkway. All the Jersey bashing aisde, the freeway in that north-south stretch is much more “scenic” than the shore.

Yankees-Devil Rays on the radio. Rays up 2-0. Charlie somebody, whose voice I recognize from ESPN, is doing the play-by-play. In 3rd or 4th inning, introduces “the Yankees injury report. Brought to you by the Cochrane team. If you get hurt, call Johnny Cochrane and his team of laywers.” Or something to that effect. Thereafter follows the injury report, which is an extended discussion on the intestinal parasites that had been infesting Jason Giambi and Kevin Brown. Johnny Cochrane. Intestinal arasites. Awesome.

Ended the day at Exit 105 off the Garden State Parkway, Tinton Falls. No falls visible, though.

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