I was told they could get me to Wilmington on Thursday (this was Wednesday) but I would have to fly out of LaGuardia (I was in Newark), so I would have to spend the night then get to LaGuardia (but by this time it was 9 pm and hotels in the vicinity were full). So then I would spend the night in the airport, get to LaGuardia, then get to New Bern from Wilmington.
Or I could fly to New Bern on Friday from Newark. ...Really?
Or maybe I could take the train on Thursday but still no place to stay.
So I said give me a refund, they did, then I went out to find a car. Finally at the 4th rental company I got a car, it was about 10 pm by then. And I headed south, without a map, I didn't want to go down 95 but down the Garden State Parkway. I got a little lost and in a traffic jam for 45 minutes near Perth Amboy, once I got out of that I found a place to stay.
11 pm traffic jam due to road paving, 4 lanes down to 1.
I was awake bright and early and on the road at 6 am. Heading down the Parkway I came to the Margate exit and remembered that there was an elephant named Lucy there I had always wanted to see. Lucy is 134 years old and was built by a land speculator to attract buyers. I love stuff like this. Read all about her.
Then I went to Cape May, and walked around a little bit looking at the architecture and flowers.
This last one I might paint!
Then I took the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, that gave me a 2 hour break, a short nap, while still moving.
I drove though Lewes then Berlin (both were very busy) and made it home by 10 pm.
The good news is while in NY I saw some of our artists and met some new ones, found some new made in NC ornaments, ordered quite a few custom pieces and got some ideas for some new New Bern art pieces. And had an adventure on top of it.