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Through Delaware and Eastern Maryland

Dave

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Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
I've been walking the American Discovery Trail for five days now. Well, four full days following the ceremonial opening 5k from Cape Henlopen to Lewes, Delaware. It has broken down as follows:
  • 25 Feb - Cape Henlopen to Lewes, Delware - Post
  • 26 Feb - Lewes to Milford, Delaware - Post
  • 27 Feb - Milford, DE to Denton, Maryland - Post
  • 28 Feb - Denton to Chester, Maryland - Post
  • 29 Feb - Chester to Annapolis, Maryland - Post
Despite my worst fears about late-February weather on the East Coast, I've had sunshine every day but the first. The wind was quite unpleasant on day two, but otherwise things have been gorgeous. The walking in this opening ~100 miles has been primarily on pavement. Aside from the inland climb from the beach, Delaware was 100% paved. (I should note that I broke from the ADT to detour to Milford, for better accommodation/food options, but I think the state would have been non-stop asphalt regardless.) There have been a couple of stretches on dirt roads in Maryland, but it has also primarily been backroads and minor highways. For the most part, auto traffic has been minimal, and I've enjoyed very quiet walking through farm country.

The pilgrimage connections are strong. I was joined for dinner in Lewes by Terry and her husband, both camino vets. Forum member and photo-journalist Fritz accompanied me through the first two full days in order to document the experience, with plans to return intermittently along the way. (His pics were picked up by an Estonian news source; the caption under the picture is not quite accurate.) Tonight, in Annapolis, I'm being hosted by a Way of St. Francis walker.

Annapolis, I should note, is splendid, with a lovely historic core around the state house. It's understandably overshadowed by DC, but you could do a lot worse than a weekend here.

Speaking of which, I'm two days from DC, where I'll spend a couple of nights with another forum member, and then transition to the C&O canal, where I'll be freed from pavement for a good long stretch.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I love Annapolis. I spent 4 years at St. John's College there, and then my mother lived there for 6 years. Lots of bricks-- Have a crabcake and some oysters!

I grew up hiking on the C&O. :) Oh hey, I never got back to you about staying with my friend in West Virginia. Do you still need a place? She lives in Hedgesville, not far from your route.
 
Camino(s) past & future
First Camino April-May 2017
I've been walking the American Discovery Trail for five days now. Well, four full days following the ceremonial opening 5k from Cape Henlopen to Lewes, Delaware. It has broken down as follows:
  • 25 Feb - Cape Henlopen to Lewes, Delware - Post
  • 26 Feb - Lewes to Milford, Delaware - Post
  • 27 Feb - Milford, DE to Denton, Maryland - Post
  • 28 Feb - Denton to Chester, Maryland - Post
  • 29 Feb - Chester to Annapolis, Maryland - Post
Despite my worst fears about late-February weather on the East Coast, I've had sunshine every day but the first. The wind was quite unpleasant on day two, but otherwise things have been gorgeous. The walking in this opening ~100 miles has been primarily on pavement. Aside from the inland climb from the beach, Delaware was 100% paved. (I should note that I broke from the ADT to detour to Milford, for better accommodation/food options, but I think the state would have been non-stop asphalt regardless.) There have been a couple of stretches on dirt roads in Maryland, but it has also primarily been backroads and minor highways. For the most part, auto traffic has been minimal, and I've enjoyed very quiet walking through farm country.

The pilgrimage connections are strong. I was joined for dinner in Lewes by Terry and her husband, both camino vets. Forum member and photo-journalist Fritz accompanied me through the first two full days in order to document the experience, with plans to return intermittently along the way. (His pics were picked up by an Estonian news source; the caption under the picture is not quite accurate.) Tonight, in Annapolis, I'm being hosted by a Way of St. Francis walker.

Annapolis, I should note, is splendid, with a lovely historic core around the state house. It's understandably overshadowed by DC, but you could do a lot worse than a weekend here.

Speaking of which, I'm two days from DC, where I'll spend a couple of nights with another forum member, and then transition to the C&O canal, where I'll be freed from pavement for a good long stretch.
Following you from sea to shining sea Dave. Be well and know you are lifted up by many. Sorry you missed the scrapple 😉
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
As a native Delawarean and no stranger to Southern Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I'm enjoying you blog. I plan to follow. Blessings on your journey!
 
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