18032
Wallops Island
Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia
The Eastern Shore of Virginia boasts pristine landscapes, unique wildlife and historic monuments. Come discover this and more as you cycle paved trails and national parks with experts.
Program No. 18032RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
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4 days
3 nights
8 meals
3 B 2 L 3 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Wallops Island
D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Afternoon: 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.

DAY
2
Chincoteague, Assateague, History of Chincoteague
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

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: Pinic at Memorial Park! Weather permitting, we will be making sandwiches while we enjoy the view of the Assateague light house. Build your 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 maps 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.

DAY
3
Trans-Peninsula Ride, Onancock, Museums Total Mileage
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

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. 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.

Lunch: Lunch will be in Wachapregue, Virginia

Afternoon: This afternoon we will bicycle from 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. Our last museum stop will be 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. We will end our day at Downtown Onancock.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Seafood Resturant.

Evening: This evening we will have a wonderful performance by a local musical group !

DAY
4
Wallops Island, Program Concludes
Wallops Island
B

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

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. Upon returning, check out and say good bye. We hope that you will join us on another one of our programs! 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.