Day 49 – Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sampler

I’m afraid I don’t have much to write about today…it was that time of the month…time to get an oil change and the spark plugs replaced.  At Charlie’s recommendation, I took VANilla to Rosemont Tire and Service to get lubed up for the rest of our adventure.  The staff was extremely accommodating, allowing the dogs to hang out in the lounge area with me for the morning…thank goodness, because the outdoors was frosty and our short walk in the park nearby was VERY cold!  Unfortunately, one of the plugs cracked (which only had to be replaced for warranty purposes otherwise it wasn’t necessary), so it took until around 11 before I could start my journey down Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The good news is I won’t need another spark plug change for 40,000 miles!

After passing over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, which connects the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean and saves boaters a 300 mile journey around the Delmarva Penninsula, and driving along a highway flanked with horse farms, I made my first stop at Chestertown’s waterfront.  At the waterfront in 1774, the townsfolk, disgusted with the British tax on tea, dumped a large shipment into the harbor.  This act similar to the Boston Tea Party in 1773 is celebrated every year.  Today the water’s edge was covered in waterfowl.