Columbia, SC to Great Bridge, VA
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 20
We departed from our anchorage in South lake at 0700 and continued north in the ICW... although from South Lake it takes about 35 minutes to get back out to the ICW... the only negative thign about this anchorage.
We had a long day of travel ahead of us and some potential problems with bridges... two bridge that give us problems are the North Landing Bridge and the Centerville Turnpike Bridge... both bridge open on the hour and half hour but Centerville Turnpike Bridge does not open between 1600 and 1800... the problem is the distance between the two bridges... 5 miles which is very hard to make in 30 minutes... so we need to make it to the North Landing Bridge by 1500 in order to make the 1600 opening at the Centerville Turnpike Bridge.... otherwise it sit and wait 2 hours between the bridges.... :(
We did make the North Landing Bridge at 1500 and had two other boats ahead of us... we all kept our speed up and according to the GPS would not make the Centerville Turnpike Bridge till 1536... 6 minutes late for the opening... but luckily as we arrived late the bridge started it's opening... he opened late for us... :)
We had planned to go through the Great Bridge Bridge and tie to the free wall between it and the lock but the wall was full... luckily the free dock before the bridge was totally open and we docked at it.
1600 hours we were secured to the dock located at... N36º43.241', W076º14.296'. Today we traveled for 9 hours covering 65 nautical miles averaging 7.2 knots.