Dec 27, 2012 - Countries, Travel, USA, Virginia    6 Comments

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (and Virginia’s Eastern Shore)

I awoke to perfect driving conditions and decided to do just that, drive for the sake of driving, with my only goal being to experience the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a one-time engineering wonder of the modern world. This 23-mile long fixed link connects Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area to the eastern shore of Virginia and Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is just that, a combination of above water causeways and underwater tunnels linking the two shores as well as a series of man made islands.

I was hoping to bring a photographer, but my friend absolutely hates this bridge-tunnel adamantly refused to come! I have to say that the high winds and narrow tunnels would be nerve-wracking in an RV (especially since you have maintain a speed of 45 to 55MPH), but in a small vehicle on a beautiful sunny day, this bridge offered up an incredible drive, the memories of which I shall cherish forever.

I stopped at the Eastern Shore visitor’s centre to find out if there was any place nearby to grab lunch and see something. The lady suggested I check out Cape Charles and showed me a couple of restaurant menus.

So I drove up there and had a nice lunch at Kelly’s Pub, then I checked out the public beach and main street. The town was dead, but I bet it bustles in the summertime! I didn’t wander too much because I would have needed one more layer, a windbreaker, to be really comfortable.

I drove north a little more after to check out a museum that was recommended to me, but it was closed for the holidays. 🙁 It was already mid-afternoon, so I pointed the car towards home. Traffic being at a standstill in Norfolk nothwithstanding, it was a quick drive.

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  • What museum were you going to try?

  • The Barrier Island Center

    The upshot of this is that I got to visit very exotic sounding Machipongo! 😀

    You missed out on one heck of a day. 😉

  • Drove that same tunnel back in the late ’90’s, when we stopped up top to take in the views,some seagulls kept dive bombing my friend’s daughter. Funny to see but not funny to her. I have video of it somewhere LOL

  • That poor kid most have been traumatized by that! 😀

  • We drove the Bridge-Tunnel when I was in junior high. That was more years ago than I will tell you , but I still remember it so vividly! I thought the coolest view was approaching the tunnels–the road goes down, but until you are close it seems to just STOP with nothing but water beyond. A very very cool road…. glad you had such a glorious day for a drive.

  • Debbie, I found that effect to be pretty cool, too! The whole thing is just marvelous.

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