The Route South

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Postcards from the ICW - #5

So this is where Shrimp & Grits comes from !

...It was a dark and stormy night...
That's how a lot of good sea stories begin.  But tonight the phrase takes on a totally different meaning.
In the last two days we have put 150 miles behind us.
If you are driving on the interstate it only represents 2 hours.
If you are flying in a commercial jet, its barely 20 minutes.
But if you are driving a slow boat it represents two long ten-hour days.
That calls for a celebration worthy of my favorite adult beverage.
So, in fact, it was a Dark & Stormy night!

Dark & Stormy - the national drink of Bermuda.
Goslings Black Rum and Ginger Beer

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Postcards from the ICW - #4

Jeez, its COLD!!
How cold is it you ask?  I've been forced to put on socks!  And not just any socks...WOOL socks!
We gotta get south faster!

Randy & Cindy

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Postcards from the ICW - #3

The trip down the Dismal Swamp Canal is always one of our favorite parts of the trip.  Its wooded and intimate and quiet and we see few other boats.
Not as many fall colors as in past years.  I don't know why...its getting down to 30 degrees tonite!

The Dismal Swamp is narrow and shallow.  This 48' Krogen barely seems to fit.
The North Carollina Visitors' Center has about 150' of free dock.
No surprise that its a popular stop.
We decided to go on to Elizabeth City for a couple of nights.
We are taking a day off because there are Small Craft Warnings on the Albemarle Sound, not a body of water to be trifled with.  Good opportunity to change the oil, have lunch out and visit the museum.

That's all for now!

Randy & Cindy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Postcards from the ICW - #2

Elizabeth's Dock, an idyllic country setting.
After almost three hours of delay caused by recalcitrant bridges in Norfolk/Portsmouth, we finally slipped into the Dismal Swamp canal.  The delays caused us to be late for the 1:30 PM lock opening, but Deep Creek lock master Robert Peake took pity on us, opening the lock for an unscheduled passage.  We locked through with Dream Weaver, Paul and Karen Schneider's KK48 Whaleback, and a sailboat.  Robert invited us for coffee tomorrow morning at 8 AM.  

Shortly after clearing the lock we pulled over and tied up at Elizabeth's Dock, a small dock and public park donated in memory of..well...Elizabeth.  It was a beautiful spot.  Oh yeah, and it was free!

Randy & Cindy

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Postcards from the ICW - #1

To borrow a verse from Jimmy Buffett, "I gotta head this boat south pretty soon".  Fall is making its presence with cool windy days and this weekend its going to get cold.  Time to move south so we left Solomon's on Monday Two days later we pulled into Portsmouth and Norfolk.  Norfolk is one one side of the river, Portsmouth on the other and the Navy is on both sides of the street.

We were greeted by a departing sub as we approached Norfolk.
Our first sub underway.
No ID number on the sail.  What's up with that?

Huge Navy ships in dry dock near Mile Marker "0"
Tomorrow we move to the Dismal Swamp.
Randy & Cindy