Today was the big day to begin our trek south. The weather was about to change and the Dismal Swamp was getting ready to close until the water level of Lake Drummond, the feeder lake for the lock system, rises. The lake is 20 inches below normal.
We pulled anchor and headed for Gray’s Creek to enjoy a most wonderful dinner with Stan and Kaye at Lista’s restaurant, very good Tex-Mex cuisine. We enjoyed touching base one last time before heading south, and we made plans for a cruise on the
October 23, 2007 – Gray’s Creek to Solomons Island
We pulled anchor and headed for
October 24, 2007 - Solomons Island to Reedville
North winds and following seas of 2’ to 3’ made for a much easier ride than the day before. Upon entering the channel to Reedville we encountered a thunderstorm with heavy rains and very little visibility. We took it slow and navigated safely to the anchorage. During the night the winds piped to over 30 knots and two boats drug down on us. As soon as perceived daylight was upon us we pulled anchor and headed out. The roar of the starting engine brought the other boat owners topside. You should have seen the look of surprise on their faces as they saw their boats right next to ours. We were fortunate there wasn’t a collision.
October 25, 2007 – Reedville to Salt Ponds
This day was a great ride surfing the swells of 3’ to 4’ we topped out at a speed of 14.5 mph! This ole girl can go – well, once in awhile. We made such good time (58.6 miles in 7 hours) that we bypassed our plotted anchorage at
Here we hooked up with friends Rudy, Lori, Alexandra and Andrea of ‘Nevis Argo’, Ron and Debbie of ‘Dessert First’, and met more new friends, Gordon of ‘Restless’, and Debbie and Larry of ‘Spirit’. With three Victory owners together, there was much ‘Victory’ talk going on, both for the men and the women. Gordon took us shopping at a local Vietnamese market and the marina held a Halloween potluck.
October 29, 2007 – Salt Ponds
October 30, 2007 – Dismal Swamp Welcome Center to
We woke to a very foggy swamp and decided to get going about 8am to make the south lock opening at 9am. This was the last day the canal was going to be open until further notice. It was most interesting to observe the thick bright green Duck Weed seed that was coating the water at the south end of the canal. We carefully watched the engine intake because this stuff has been known to clog the filters. By 1pm we were tied up at the
The city welcomed all the boaters with a wine and cheese party. We met many other cruisers there that day. The docks were busy because people were pushing to get through the canal and further south before the storm. Larry and Debbie of ‘Spirit’ came through the last lock opening at 3pm. Les and
October 31st – November 3rd -
November 4, 2007 –
We untied the lines, pulled away during perceived daylight, and watched the sun rise as we headed south down the
November 5, 2007 – Pamlico Sound to
As we rose in the morning we saw George taking off for Ocracoke and we took off just minutes later for Oriental. Weather conditions allowed us to enjoy a nice motor sail across the
We decided to stay an extra day to do some laundry, clean the boat, and get some exercise. The marina lent us some bicycles and we spent the afternoon cruising around the city of