#RunningTo Week 33 in Review: Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Norfolk, North Carolina

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time for me to reassume some familiar routines: namely, recapping the wandering week that was! Here’s what went down this past week — my 33rd on the road.

I exchanged my family in eastern Pennsylvania for Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and it was gorgeous. The Chesapeake Bay has a thing for quaintness and crabs, and I wish I’d had more time to wander there. I reckon Eastern Shore springs and summers must be fantastic existences.

I then ventured southward across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a mammoth 17-mile connector from one piece of Virginia to another. From a rainy Norfolk I embarked across North Carolina, stopping in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill — “The Triangle,” as they call it here in the Tar Heel State.

From the places to the people, North Carolina has quickly ascended my list of favorite states.

Check out some of my favorite moments from this past week as #RunningTo continues south! If you’re in South Carolina or Georgia, I’ll be wandering your way soon. I’d love to include you in these final legs of my journey! Shoot me an email, and let’s make it happen.

#RunningTo: Eastern Shore, MD

Crabs and lighthouses: WELCOME TO THE EASTERN SHORE.

#RunningTo: Eastern Shore, MD

Follow the crabs.

#RunningTo: Eastern Shore, MD

I could see why people live here.

#RunningTo: Eastern Shore, MD

I can’t resist signing guest books this way.

#RunningTo: Easton, MD

Exploring Easton’s nooks and crannies. Photo by the awesome Beth Ewing!

#RunningTo: Easton, MD

And here’s Beth now! This coffee shop staple was legit.

#RunningTo: Easton, MD

Embarked on a little project in Maryland with Beth. STAY TUNED.

#RunningTo: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

17 miles of this. TO NORFOLK.

#RunningTo: Norfolk, VA

Norfolk has a thing for mermaids and battleships.

#RunningTo: Norfolk, VA

If I had a nickel for all the pagodas I’ve seen on this trip . . .

#RunningTo: Norfolk, VA

Norfolk’s Battleship Wisconsin! Absolutely mammoth.

#RunningTo: Norfolk, VA

The Wisconsin’s frontal view reminds me of a fish face.

#RunningTo: Raleigh, NC

My Raleigh host let me play his accordion! I’m a natural.

#RunningTo: Duke Gardens, NC

Exploring Duke Gardens at Duke University in Durham!

#RunningTo: Duke Gardens, NC

You have no idea how fast I had to run before the self-timer went off.

#RunningTo: Chapel Hill, NC

One of my very favorite college towns.

#RunningTo: Chapel Hill, NC

UNC’s Old Well, and all is swell.

#RunningTo: Chapel Hill, NC

Meeting this 19-year-old wanderer has me convinced now more than ever that traveling changes you.

What’s your favorite college town? Ever visit any of these places? Have any suggestions for South Carolina and Georgia?

  • naturgesetz

    I was in Durham for grad school at Duke fifty years ago. Beautiful campus. Got to Raleigh and Chapel Hill once each I think. What I saw of Raleigh was unspectacular: Chapel Hill is pretty.

    Your beard makes you look like Abraham Lincoln, especially in the indoor shot with Beth.