Sunday, June 28, 2009
Well, we're now within 90 miles of the Chesapeake. When we were in St. Augustine it seemed like we would never get there and now it's a matter of days. We're now more than 1100 miles from Marathon. Hard to believe. We've been able to travel almost every day and that has made a lot of difference.
When we were in Oriental, we met Harry, a WWII vet who has been sailing for many years. He sailed all the way to Argentina and back in a 27 foot sailboat. Now that's some sailing. (See the picture of Harry and I in this post.)
Last night we were anchored in the Alligator River near Tuckahoe Point. A nice quiet anchorage and for once, no storms. The night before we were in the Pungo River and we got slammed with a severe thunderstorm. The anchors held, and everything is fine.
Today we are in the Alligator River Marina. We stopped in for fuel and met a older lady who is sailing her 30 foot boat by herself from Tampa to Cape Cod. You meet the neatest people on a trip like this.
Tomorrow we hope to be in Elizabeth City. The townsfolk welcome boaters with a rose for the ladies and a wine and cheese party on the dock for everyone. We plan to stay 2 days and do some provisioning and then it's on to the Dismal Swamp. After that we will be in the Chesapeake.