April 1996 Marco, Dave and Niels blew town for a few days
in search of adventure. The exact motivation for the excursion
can hardly be explained under a single heading. Mark had
to go see about a girl in the New Bern area, while Dave
and Niels just tagged along to have a change of scenery
- plus, perhaps, to give Mark a morale-booster if he were
to face heavy opposition.
We rode in the Mustang. Despite limited space, it was okay
for three people with minimal luggage, although the guy
in the backseat would get terribly cramped up.
First our route brought us to New Bern, NC, a rather sleepy
coastal community without major places of interest. From
a Swiss point of view, the town name (Bern being the capital
of Switzerland) was arguable the only incentive to hang
around for more than 5 minutes. That, and, of course, the
Dave and Mark in New Bern.
Having lingered in New Bern for a while we pushed onwards,
exploring the Outer Banks and made a stop at Kitty Hawk,
site of the first heavier-than-air flight performed by the
Bros. Wright in 1903. We visited the Kitty Hawk museum on
possibly the rainiest day in recorded history. Some of the
photographs displayed on this page are really terrible but
a consequence of the poor weather conditions.
Next, we followed the coast and ended up in Virginia Beach,
VA, got ourselves a motel room and watched TV half the night.
The following day we explored the massive US Navy port at
Norfolk. We found it impossible to get close-up photos of
the moored aircraft carriers even though we spent hours
cruising around for a decent viewing point. Eventually we
gave up and headed back to North Carolina.
Did Mark get the girl? Well, that is beside the point. Overall
the road trip was truly without much aim or purpose, which
is probably why no one bothered to make a record of it.
Yet despite its deficiencies, we had a pleasant time together
and the experience was a major catalyst for the later cross-continental
New Bern, NC
Kitty Hawk, NC
Kill Devil Hill, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach, VA