Leechville, NC to Columbia, SC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 19
We departed from our anchorage in the Pungo River at 0930 and continued north on the ICW… we would transit the A & P Canal and then the Alligator River and with a final destination of South Lake… located at the mouth of the Alligator River. It’s a new anchorage for us having never been into it before but we heard that there is a boat ramp where we can take Beech to land up a small creek off the anchorage.
The A & P Canal (Alligator River and Pungo River Canal) joins these two rivers… it basically a long narrow canal about 20 nautical miles long… did not see any wildlife this passage but have seen deer and Bald Eagles many times. We had one boat pass us… “Island Expedition” from Boston, MA… commercial tour boat… catamaran hull… and we followed another trawler “Shunda” from Toronto for the entire trip… although, they were a couple of miles ahead of us to begin with but were moving faster than we were and soon they were only visible with binoculars.
We did have one bridge at the end of the day to open… The Alligator River Swing Bridge… they open on demand and caused us no delay at all… the anchorage was just another few miles north and east of the bridge.
We arrived at the anchorage at 1600 hours and discovered the trawler from Toronto we had been following all day had also come to this anchorage. We moved into to behind them and close as possible to the creek that is suppose to have a boat ramp to land Beecha for her walk.
We were securely anchored at 1610 in South Lake at N35°55.078’, W075°54.711’. We travled today for 6 hours and 40 minutes covering 45 nautical miles averaging 6.75 knots.
Posted at 7:06 PM
Oriental, NC to Leechville, NC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 18
We departed from Oriental at 0930 and continued north on the ICW. The destination tonight is Leechville, NC and anchor in the north end of the Pungo River.
Nothing out of the ordinary in today's cruise... no bridges that needed to be opened... it was fairly windy at a steady 15 knots.... gusting to 20 knots and we had two large bodies of water to deal with... The Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound... both can become pretty nasty if the wind is whipping up... but both waterways treated right today... even with the high winds it was not a real bad ride.
We had a shadow (boat following us) for most of the day... "Dollar Boat"... he wanted to pass us once and hailed on the VHF that he was going to pass... but a few minutes later he hailed us again and said he was just going to hang behind us... I offered to slow down and let him pass but he said he would just follow... they left us at the end of the day and went into Dowry Creek Marina.
We continued on to our destination and at 1655 anchored in the upper end of the Pungo River at N35°33.612', W076°28.441'. There were four sailboats also anchored here with us.
Today we traveled for 7 hours and 25 minutes covering 48 nautical miles averaging 6.47 knots.
Posted at 5:39 PM
Swansboro, NC to Oriental, NC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 17
After a couple of long days of cruising and leaving early we decided to sleep in a little later and not leave at sunrise... we awoke to a beautiful cool DRY day... the last two days have been gloomy and humid... and quite a bit if rain... so to have a nice sunny day to cruise was going to be awesome.
We departed from Swansboro at 0930 and continued north on the ICW... final destination for the day planned as Oriental, NC... there is a farmers market there on Saturday morning and Susan wants to get some fresh produce... so we will not be leaving early morning on Saturday from Oriental... we'll be at the farmers market.
With the exception of a few short stretches of favorable current most of the day we had the current against us... in place barely making 5 knots...
Oriental has a FREE town dock that holds maybe two boats and I was in hopes that we would be able to get a place on it. I kept checking the city's web cam but the same two sailboats were tied to the dock all day and were still there when we arrived so we proceeded under the high rise bridge and anchored at 1600 hours in Green Creek N35 01.447', W076 42.456'
Today we traveled for 6 hours and 30 minutes and covered 43 nautical miles averaging 6.6 knots.
Posted at 6:42 PM