Finally at about 3 we went back to the hotel because they had advised that we might be able to check in sometime after 2pm. Voila! We were good to check in!! We unloaded the car and relaxed on our balcony. We may have even taken a wee nap! What woke us up from our nap? The loud revving of engines...and it sounded like it was coming from the ocean. We headed out onto the balcony and by golly...it was indeed coming from the ocean...the ocean side of things. We had known that there was a corvette show in Ocean City this weekend (we had seen parking lots full of vettes while we were out riding). But apparently they were doing a parade of vettes down the boardwalk! We watched for about 45 minutes from our balcony.
Time was ticking (we knew our dinner option was likely to close early) so we cut our viewing from the balcony short and grabbed our bikes. Down the boardwalk we went...and thus viewed the vette parade up close and personal. As in we were right beside it! We grabbed pit beef sandwiches and biked back to our hotel to have dinner! (Just for the record...the ride to buy dinner was about 2 miles there and 2 miles back so four miles of riding just to get dinner!). We got ‘home’ and stayed in our hotel the rest of the night....spending lots of time on the balcony watching the sunset!!!!
It was neat as I tried to get a picture of the different stages and colors of the sunrise! We relaxed a bit in our room in the morning. My legs were so stiff and sore and Jason was still fighting off the cold and feeling a bit rough and ragged. But eventually we made our way out...on foot today. (My butt may have been a bit tender from all that time in the saddle the day before!) Being on foot and not having to worry about the security of our bikes afforded us the opportunity to shop! We explored the many shops on and around the boardwalk...for hours! We grabbed a lunch of Thrashers boardwalk fries....and a donut from the Fractured Prune donut shop. Then we kept walking!!! Jason found a pair of shoes that he has been wanting to find for 2 years (I kid you not...every time we go into a mall or any shopping expedition he looks for a certain shoe and a certain color. He can usually find the color but not the style...or the style and not the color..). We walked into a shop and saw the exact shoe he wanted. We both commented that they probably wouldn’t have his size...but they did!!! AND while he was trying them on...the guy was like ‘end of season, I can knock 25% off of them !!! Sold! (We would have purchased them at full price but a discount is even better! I also bought a pair of shoes..but mine were 50% off! Laden down with purchases we headed back to our hotel. Ok, ok ok..we had also purchased two big buckets of fishers popcorn (Amazon Affiliate link...because why yes...you can order a beach boardwalk treat delivered right to your house!!!), some chocolate covered strawberries for me and a caramel apple for him. We walked a bit more later in the day after another much deserved vacation nap...but we were still wiped out! Plus...I had somehow picked up a blister...most likely from a grain of sand between my toes...from when I took off my socks and shoes and waded into the ocean! We spent time on the balcony overlooking the ocean and enjoyed the playful ‘show’ that the dolphins were giving! Food...way too much. But so tasty!!!
The trip home good FOREVER. We knew to try to avoid rush hour...seriously, we drive it every day...we know! But a small detour and a few extra stops and we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of rush hour...grrr! Oh well...we were still together and we did make it home safe and sound!