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.