The 3 days it took to get to
were uneventful after our initial leaking water pipe.
We motored up the Intracoastal Waterway which led up from the
Norfolk, VA Bay River
through a canal passing by Hobucken, NC, across the Pamlico
River to the Pungo
River, then through another canal to
the where we spent the first night. The mouth of the Alligator River Alligator
River is on the south where I did field
research on blue crabs and seagrass beds.
The wind picked up that day and we set the sails to test our new shroud
plates. We were happy to see that there
was no deck lifting going on there anymore.
I would have been very surprised if there was. There was not enough wind to turn off the
engines but it gave us a boost allowing for the engines to be throttled down a
bit. shore of Albemarle Sound Albemarle
Sound is famous for its choppy conditions and a NE wind set the
stage for a 2 ft chop which I remembered to be mighty fun when you were trawling
for crabs in an 18 ft boat. Somehow the
ride was a bit better in our boat.
After crossing Albemarle Sound we travelled up the
and into another canal. The second night
we stayed at the Midway Marina, since there were no good anchorages in the area,
then proceeded to (another place I
worked in-so long ago). Another long
canal took us into Coinjock
Bay Virginia and to the locks
at . We barely made the bridges in time thanks to
a delay caused by a fire truck then found that following a barge insured that
bridges and locks would open. Norfolk
Until we got to
, the way was through
beautiful pristine cypress swamp and pocosin habitat. Osprey nests were on every other marker and
we saw bald eagles every day. It was a
shock to enter the large commercial and military port with huge machinery and
Our anchorage was chosen for its proximity to a bus system where we could get to the post office. It’s near a noisy highway and navy base where helicopters circle all hours of the day and night. Bill discovered at the last minute that our GPS card did not have the northern maps. He ordered one and had it sent to general delivery here. However that was a good idea in theory but not in practice. He just found out that the post office he sent it to is only a distribution center and his package has likely been returned to sender. He won’t be happy tonight!
From here “the plan” is to watch for a weather window so that we can go on the outside to