We awoke to calm weather on Sunday (10/26) and left Belhaven to head for the Pamlico river. We followed the boat parade down the ICW for a little while before turning off to head up the Pamlico river towards Chocowinity. It was a glorious sailing day with the wind right on the beam and plenty of sunshine. The wind eventually died and we motored into Cypress Creek marina where we were met by our friend Jim from the CSC.
Staying with Jim and Kay for 2 days was a much welcomed break from being on the boat. We really enjoyed their company as well as the ‘real’ bed and showers (not to mention the heat. Bailey did his usual sheltie routine–trying to keep everyone herded together and barking at the golf carts passing by.
Jim showed us the sights in Washington and Bath. We stopped into West Marine–they were probably getting ready to send out a search party for us since we haven’t spent any money there for 2 weeks! We also stocked up on supplies at Walmart and the grocery store. Skip purchased a pair of warm gloves which he definitely needed yesterday. Monday evening, the sky turned dark and stormy and the temperature plummeted to around 32 degrees…brrrrrrrrrr!
We left early Tuesday morning to head towards Oriental. The wind was blowing strongly from the West (behind us at least for the trip down the Pamilco river.) It was the coldest and longest trip on our journey. It wasn’t too bad or rough until we turned upwind in the Neuse river–wind and waves on the nose. We plodded along until finally turning into Oriental harbor. A marina stay was definitely needed for us to run our electric heater.
When we got settled into the marina, Skip called our friends Dan & Donna who live nearby. They met us at the Tiki bar and later we had dinner together. It was great to visit with them and get caught up on their retirement fun.
The next day, we rested and got caught up on some boat chores (laundry, repairs, etc.) A zipper came loose on our dodger so a canvas maker came by and picked it up for repairs. Oriental (as well as all of the other small towns we’ve visited in NC) is such a friendly place. All of locals know each other and are so accommodating to the cruisers passing through.
We’re staying one more night and hope to meet up with friends Elliott and Ina who live in New Bern. I hope that it gets a little calmer and warmer tomorrow…