Dec. 29-31 2010

Another view of the Rappahannock River from the VA 3 bridge. The Rappahannock empties into Chesapeake Bay.

This has to be VA 3 where it crosses the Piankatank River. The USGS map calls this the Twigg Bridge.

Upstream on the Piankatank.

South on the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, which carries US 17 across the York River between Gloucester Point and Yorktown, VA. The toll on this bridge only applies going north, and it's toll-free for bicyclists in both directions. The 3,750-foot bridge was built in 1952 and widened in 1995. This is actually a swing bridge - which can open and close to allow passage of ships on the river below.

Looking up the York River.

Continuing on the bridge.

US 17 through Yorktown.

More of my countersurveillance work! A word about the cameras mounted on the mast arms for the traffic lights: Cameras mounted above the arm on tall posts like this are usually all-purpose spy cams - not specifically traffic cams. Cameras to catch red light violators usually hang below the mast arm. So the cameras in this photo are likely of the all-purpose variety. So much for "small government" Virginia, huh?

I-64 approaching I-664 in Hampton, VA. The BGS for I-664 mentions Nags Head, NC, which I'll forever associate with the bubble gum commercial featuring the Wright brothers.

The Hampton Coliseum is along I-64.

Hampton has 150,000 peeps but is only the 5th-largest city in the Norfolk-centered metropolitan area. City hall is the building on the left.

I-64 in Hampton. "Vehicles with hazardous materials" are warned to "stop for inspection" before the upcoming tunnel. The joke here is probably too obvious to anyone familiar with what often occurs on these road trips.

Another view of downtown Hampton. I'm guessing the bridge is the US 60 span over the Hampton River.

This is where this photo shoot finally starts to hit its stride. I-64 uses the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, which is graced with this warning about gas bottles.

From the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, we're looking over Hampton Roads, the harbor that forms at the mouths of the James River and the Elizabeth River.

I'll never forget driving across the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel listening to a Bee Gees CD! The bridge-tunnel is a 3.5-mile-long structure that runs from Hampton to Norfolk and carries I-64 and US 60. It has been in existence since 1957 - though this side (which goes southeast) opened in 1976.

Now we're entering the amazing tunnel portion of the Hampton Roads facility!

Where did that sidewalk come from?

Inside the tunnel under the harbor. This only highlights what a big undertaking the bridge-tunnel was.

Leaving the tunnel portion. This portal is on an artificial island that was formed in 1818 and later used as a fort.

My freshman science teacher (after mishearing a student's remark) once said, "Ships don't just happen. They don't just appear out of midair." This is a view of Hampton Roads from the bridge-tunnel of what appears to be a shipbuilding operation on the Norfolk shore.

Still on the bridge-tunnel, we're approaching the exit to the Willoughby (hawwwwwk!) Spit.

I-64 returns to dry land in Norfolk.

On the edge of Norfolk, I-64 approaches I-264, which is actually the downtown route. Still, I-64 is (sniffle) congested!

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