Wimington, NC to Avon, NC., Outer Banks/Cape Hatteras, Hatteras Light, Kitty Hawk, Ft Raleigh
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This leg of my travels was quite interesting as I had to take two ferries to reach my destination. From Wilmington, I came north through Camp Lejeune, along the coast up to Cedar Island where I boarded a ferry to Ocracoke Island. This ride took about 2 1/2 hours and my truck and trailer were the largest vehicles on the ferry. Ocracoke Island is only 12 miles long and I quickly arrived at the north end where I took another ferry ride over to Hatteras Island. It's interesting that the first ferry charges a fee but the second one to Hatteras is free.
Once I landed in the little town of Hatteras, I only had a drive of about 20 miles to my destination in Avon. Sands of Time campground is a nice smaller one that has many surf fishermen staying here.
Visited two lighthouses during my stay in the Outer Banks. Cape Hatteras light is the tallest brick light in operation in the country and is a beautiful site to see. I decided that the climb of over 200 steps were more than I wanted to tackle so I just toured the museum and walked around the light. Bodie Island Light was the second light I visited and it was about 40 miles north of Hatteras light. This light is not as tall and is closed to the public.
The Outer Banks are called the Graveyard of the Atlantic because of the number of ships that have wrecked off shore on the dangerous shoals. Hundreds of ships as well as men have been lost over the years in these waters.
General Billy Mitchell used the Outer Banks in the 1920's to demonstrate how airplanes could sink a ship. The small airport in Frisco is named after him.
Traveling north on Hatteras Island, I crossed over a long high bridge on to Bodie Island where Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills are located. There the National Park Service has done a wonderful job in a museum and restoring the site of the Wright Brothers first flight Truly a place where history was made.
While staying here, I had to get out and fish the beaches. I was very concerned about taking my heavy dually out on the beach but finally got up my courage and out I went.
Just inland across a small bridge is Roanoke Island where I stopped and toured Fort Raleigh. This was the site of an early settlement founded by Sir Walter Raleigh which just vanished. There is no clue as to what happened to the settlers.
I enjoyed my stay here so much that I booked time to come back in October when the fishing is supposed to be better. Hope no hurricanes come to visit me then.
Summary: Elk Lodges: 41, Escapee RV Parks: 25, Public RV Parks: 30, National Parks: 43, Major Ships: 10, Forts: 19
Expenses: 35 months on the road with an average of $1951 per month.