We are planning on making this trip in late September 2009. When I looked on mapquest, it's telling me to take the route to Swan Quarter Ferry. That Ferry only runs twice per day? 6:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. according the the NC Ferry Schedule website. The Cedar Island Ferry looks like it has more runs per day and Cape Hatteras looks like we have to drive many miles North of Cedar Island to get across the bridge and then drive south again. Any suggestions? It takes us approximately 4 hours to get to Wilmington, and I'm wondering if we should not take 17 north as it looks like a shorter route or is it just very slow going? Mapquest says it's about 9 hours 30 minutes to either Ferry location. Thanks.