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Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Program Number: 18032RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2014 - 5/3/2014; 10/13/2014 - 10/16/2014; 10/27/2014 - 10/30/2014; 11/3/2014 - 11/6/2014; 5/11/2015 - 5/14/2015; 6/1/2015 - 6/4/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/23/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/7/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/21/2015; 10/26/2015 - 10/29/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/4/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/11/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Wallops Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $449.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore Virginia’s gorgeous Eastern Shore by bike with a small group of like-minded adventurers for a scenic learning journey. Ride the biking trails of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore, travel across the Eastern Shore Peninsula from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay, and look for wild ponies, egrets and horseshoe crabs.




Highlights

• Ride Chincoteague’s well-kept paths to see the famous wild ponies and migratory fowl such as shore and wading birds, swans and majestic snow geese.
• Bike to Parksley, a 19th-century town built around a new railroad whose quaint town square and Victorian homes evoke a model-train village come to life.
• Pedal to the Wallops Island Navy and NASA facility to learn about dune ecology at a deserted and pristine beach restricted to the public.



Activity Particulars

Biking 9-27 miles, 3-5 hours a day at moderate pace over mostly flat terrain. Participants encouraged to bring own bike. Rentals available.



Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.




Wallops Island

Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers a historic and scenic combination of maritime heritage, wave-swept beaches, and both fresh and saltwater wetlands, as well as Wallops Island, a barrier island just off the coast in Chesapeake Bay.



Accommodations
New residential hall with university-style suites; two bedrooms per bathroom.
Meals and Lodgings
   Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  Wallops Island 3 nights
 Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Type: Field Station
  Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.
  Contact info: 34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org
  Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage
  Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).
  Additional nights prior: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration will be from 3 to 5 PM on Monday in the Education Center. You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch on Thursday You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Three forms are required prior to the group starting: medical release, health history and participant acknowledgement of risk form. Bring photo ID ( required to visit the NASA base on Wallops Island). Foreign Nationals must complete additional paperwork at least 6 weeks in advance to be allowed access onto the base. Access is then subject to approval by NASA Wallops Island base.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available in front of accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Wallops Island
  Nearest city or town:  Chincoteague, VA
  Nearest highway: VA Rt 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury Airport (SBY)
  From End of Program
  Location: Wallops Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oak Hall / T's Corner

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.25 

   

Please call the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and let us know in advance if you are arriving by bus to Oak Hall, Virginia. We will arrange a ride for you.

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. Avis, Enterprise and Hertz rentals have desks and cars at the airport. Avis: (410) 742-8566 Enterprise: (410) 677-3810 Hertz: (410) 749-2235

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

Costs include both the arrival and return trips. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Cost: $206 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 Cost: $199 cash $239 credit

 

Salisbury MD ( Airport-Taxi-Greyhound Bus Station-Marine Science Consortium)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

From the Salisbury Regional Airport you can take the Greyhound Bus to the program. The bus station is a 7 mile ride from the airport by taxi. You will be traveling to the bus stop in OAK HALL, VA. Greyhound Station Address 350 CYPRESS ST Salisbury, MD 21801 IMPORTANT: Tickets are NOT sold at the location in Salisbury. You may get tickets by mail for trips departing from Salisbury if you buy at least two weeks in advance. Tickets may be purchased on Greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

 

Salisbury Regional Airport to Greyhound Station

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Service
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

15 min ride from Airport to the Greyhound Station 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 Miles

   

Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008

 

Norfolk International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price of rental + $12.00 toll for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.3 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. The following companies have cars and desks at the airport: Alamo (800) 462-5266 Avis (800) 831-2847 Budget (800) 527-0700 Dollar (800) 800-3665 Enterprise (800) 736-8222 Hertz (800) 654-3131 National (800) 227-7368 Thrifty (800) 367-2277

 

Salisbury, MD

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

Bus station is a 5.2 mile ride from the airport by taxi. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008 You will be traveling to the bus stop in Oak Hall, Va. Information is provided above about how to get from there to your final destination.

 

From Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport to The Chincoteague Bay Field Station

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Shuttle cost: $25.00/one way and $45.00/round trip.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

The CBFS offers limited Airport shuttle service on the first/last day of programs. On the first day the shuttle departs the airport at 1 pm and arrives at the CBFS by 2:30 pm. On the last day the shuttle departs the CBFS at 1 pm and arrives at the airport by 3:30 pm. Because shuttle service is limited and air travel unpredictable we advise scheduling your flight to arrive well in advance and to depart well after the scheduled shuttle times. Call at least 4 weeks in advance for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  VA Rt 13 Follow Route 13 (Lankford Highway) to the traffic light at VA 175 (T’s Corner and Chincoteague Road). This is about 4 miles south of the MD-VA border on the Delmarva Peninsula. Take VA 175 E for approximately 3 miles. At the traffic light take a left onto Atlantic Road. At the end of Atlantic Road (approx. 0.5 miles) bear left onto Mill Dam Road. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is located on your right. Turn right onto Enterprise Street (the right after the Chincoteague Bay Field Station sign), then make an immediate left. Check in will be at the Education Center.
Elevation Note: Very Flat Terrain (coastal)

Equipment Requirements: Bicycling helmet, proper shoes (athletic shoes or bicycling shoes), athletic clothing, layers of clothing. The weather could get cool, so we recommend dressing in layers that can be removed or added as the temperature varies. Biking gloves and shorts/pants are recommended. Also recommended: Sun protection gear, sunglasses and insect repellant
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In, Introductions and Orientation
(Wednesday, April 30)
   
 Arrive To: Check in will be held in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Education Center from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.
 Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Sample local crabs and shrimp or if you choose, grilled chicken, or portabello mushrooms
 Evening: Our first evening will be spent getting to know each other. We will also orient you to our campus, the local area, and provide you with the tools you need for a safe and exciting cycling experience. Your leaders will present the program's schedule, providing detail route information.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore and History of Chincoteague Total Mileage: 20
(Thursday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: Our morning will be spent cycling on Chincoteague Island! View historical sites such as the Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on the island, which was built circa 1815. Also you will be riding by the Miss Molly Inn, where Marguerite Henry wrote the acclaimed story Misty of Chincoteague.
 Lunch: Picnic at Memorial Park! Weather permitting, we will be making sandwiches while we enjoy the view of the Assateague light house. Build your own delicious sandwich from our choice of toppings, and finish it off with cookies, fruits and other snacks!
 Afternoon: Meet with local waterman Randy Birch and learn about the area's rich watermen traditions and heritage. Hear how watermen make their living off what's in season offshore. After that ride onto Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and tour the visitor center's excellent exhibits before embarking on a journey along Assateague's many well-kept bicycle paths and limited-access roads. Spring and fall are excellent times for biking in this area. As fall begins to settle on the region, the shore and wading birds leave, making way for our famous waterfowl. You will be amazed by the sheer numbers of majestic snow geese, as well as our beautiful ducks and swans! Spring catches new birth and amazing animals reappearing after their winter's rest.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Cafeteria.
 Evening: This evening will be a wrap-up presentation and discussion about what we have seen throughout the program. A local historian will display old photographs of the local area and provide supplemental historical information pertaining to what we have seen on our rides, filling out the rich history of the region.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trans-peninsula ride, Onancock, Musuems Total Mileage: 27
(Friday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: We will begin our ride at the Atlantic Ocean and head toward Onancock, Virginia. Onancock bills itself as the "Gem of the Eastern Shore," and thanks to a new generation of imaginative shop owners, it has achieved legitimate "must-see" status. Along the way we will stop by museums. Our first museum of the morning is the Locustville Academy. The Locustville Academy still stands in the 1859 building built to educate boys and girls headed for college. It’s the lone survivor of about a dozen schools of higher learning built in the 1800s. There’s a small museum inside, operated by the Society for the Preservation of Locustville Academy. Our second stop of the morning is Kerr Place, a 200-year-old home built in the Federal style by John Ker. Detailed finishing and vibrant colors reflect Ker's fine taste for his period. In the parlor stands a pianoforte, a musical instrument made in Vienna. On the second floor are interpretive exhibits, and on the first floor, a museum store with works by regional artists, crafters and authors. Outside are restored gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the historical Hopkins & Brothers general store in the town of Onancock. It has been renovated into a restaurant that serves local and seasonal fare.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will bicycle from Onancock to Parksley. Parksely, in contrast to Accomac and most other Eastern Shore towns, was founded in the late 19th century as a planned community centered around the new railroad.Train tracks lead into Parksley’s quaint town square where tiny shops and picture-perfect Victorian homes give the town the look of a model train village come to life. We will end our day at Parksley Square.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local Seafood Resturant.
 Evening: This evening we will have a wonderful performance by a local musical group!
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ride to Wallops Island NASA/Navy base. Total Mileage: 5-9
(Saturday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: This morning we will ride from the Chincoteague Bay Field Station campus to Wallops Island, a NASA/Navy base. On the base is a very nice, restricted access beach with an intact dune system. There we will have time to explore the beach, and a naturalist will help you to identify shells and discuss barrier island dynamics. NOTE: Our access to Wallops Island will depend on the security level of the base at the time, which is influenced by a number of factors independent of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and its actions. Also for Foreign Nationals to access Wallops Island they must have completed the necessary paperwork 6 weeks in advance.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria. Help yourself to a hot meal, sandwiches, and a salad bar.
 Afternoon: After lunch, check out and say good bye. We hope that you will join us on another one of our programs!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras


Author: Kenneth L. Gosner


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Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay


Author: William W. Warner


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Chincoteague Revisited: A Sojourn to the Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (Hardcover)


Author: Dorothy Camagna and Jennifer Cording


Description: Through Dorothy Camagna’s artful photography and Jennifer Cording’s essays, Chincoteague Revisited captures the essence of the community, ecology and the natural landscape of this unique place off Virginia’s coast. The first essay, "Community", welcomes readers to island life and to the islanders themselves—an uncommon culture of people who share a common bond. Local watermen, decoy carvers and shop owners ply their trade; visitors from everywhere transform the community in the spring; simple, whitewashed houses line Main Street, and the Channel Bass Inn bed and breakfast invites afternoon callers to tea. Townspeople and visitors enjoy the traditional Christmas parade and the tastes of the annual oyster festival. Chincoteague Island comes to life in poetry and pictures. The next essay, "Refuge", centers on the mystery and beauty of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge—its seashore, marshlands, maritime forests and wildlife. Through Camagna’s expert eye and Cording’s sensitive language, the sun sets on the loblolly pine, and the great egret takes its majestic flight towards Chincoteague Bay. The most famous inhabitants of Assateague Island, the wild ponies, also call the refuge home. Each July, local cowboys herd the ponies for their swim across the channel to Chincoteague’s shore, where the foals are auctioned at the annual Firemen’s Carnival. And finally, the essay titled "Transitions" focuses on the ecological and seasonal changes of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. "It is a delicate balance," writes Cording of the fragile combination of a beautiful natural landscape and thousands of human visitors who descend on the island each season. Chincoteague Revisited is a rare collection of over one hundred full color photographs with accompanying essays—from aerial shots of the coastline and barrier islands, to intimate portraits of the water, land and people that make Chincoteague Island a destination to be visited, revisited and remembered.



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Author: Chris Dickon


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Every Woman's Guide to Cycling: Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike toWinning Your First Race (Paperback)


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Off 13: The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook


Author: Kirk Mariner


Description: Kirk Mariner's book "Off 13 - The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook" offers a highly informative and entertaining guide to an overlooked but tranquil peninsula bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, not far from the Nation's Capital. Many people know of Chincoteague but may not be aware that the rest of the Virginia eastern shore is well worth exploring. "Off 13" is full of interesting anecdotes and historical information about the area and its many little towns as well as useful and practical information for travellers.



Once upon an island: The history of Chincoteague


Author: Kirk Mariner


Description: This book is not just another collection of essays and sepia pictures about a local landmark or town. Kirk Mariner's review is a thoughtful and thorough history of a small island community - as thorough as one can be when natural history and the lack of written records affect the narrative as often as it does Chincoteague.



True Tales of the Eastern Shore


Author: Kirk Mariner


Voices of the Chincoteague: Memories of Greenbackville and Franklin City (VA)


Author: Martha A. Burns and Linda S. Hartsock


Description: Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, people flocked to boom towns like Greenbackville and Franklin City on Virginia's remote Chincoteague Bay to cash in on the lucrative oyster trade. Most eventually settled for simple rural lives, living a cash and barter economy, commuting on foot or by boat, always closely tied to the tide and water. From mystery in the marsh to jealous lovers, these accounts of life on the Bay are filled with work boats, crab pots, and saltwater. About the Author As come eres newcomers to the Eastern Shore, authors Martha A. Burns and Linda S. Hartsock bring a fresh perspective to life on the Bay. They present here the memories of a vanishing way of life in rural America, largely in the words of those who lived it and worked it. Much of the language, insights, and emotion of the last century are here for all to read, coupled with the authors' observations and interpretations of their neighbors and the bay they call home.



Wallops Island (Images of America: Virginia) (Paperback)


Author: Nan Devincent Hayes and Bowen Bennett


Description: Located in Accomack County on Virginiaís Eastern Shore, Wallops Island was once a primitive swath of land, uncivilized but by the wild ponies and mosquitoes that made its scrub-covered shores their home. But as the centuries passed, the wildness of the island was radically altered by the influx of colonists, then vacationers, and, eventually, some of the brightest scientific minds in the country. ÝÝThe history of Wallops Island has been one of transition. In the colonial period, John Wallop, an industrious man and self-made millionaire, was granted much of the islandís acreage by the English Crown for providing assistance to new colonists trying to reach Virginia. In 1889, Wallops Island was bought and converted into a vacation destination for a handful of wealthy families from Pennsylvania, who, in turn, sold the island to the federal government in the 1940s. Once in the hands of NASA the island was transformed into a center for the high-tech development of rockets, missiles, and the means for space travel. From weather balloons and Tiamat missiles to aerodynamics and hurricane research, the Wallops Island Flight Facility and its predecessors have been instrumental in the evolution and success of the American space program.





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