April 23, 2012.
I just finished up the math and we've covered about 775 miles in 8 days. With only one overnighter on the ocean that's some serious hauling butt. We knew we had 2 days of heavy rain on its way so we really pressed hard to get to the free wall at the Great Bridge Lock in Great Bridge, Va.
We made it to the wall by 1600 hours on Saturday and the heavy rain arrived on Sunday. Like the other 7 boats tied to the wall we decided to stay put until the weather cleared a bit. This gave us the chance to meet Bill and his wife Sali. I've interacted with Bill on various sailing message boards for 5 or 6 years now. They picked us up at the boat and whisked us away and treated us to a really nice lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. Over the course of our cruising lives we've met probably 2 or 3 dozen folks that we already had an internet relationship with. I'm always a little apprehensive when meeting people that already know so much about us but once again we've yet to be disappointed.
After bidding our new friends goodbye Christy and I settled in for the evening. Thats when it struck us just how freakin' cold it was getting. Rain with no sun all day forced me to run the generator for the first time in over a month. As the temps dipped below 50º Tucker was invited below for the night.
While checking the weather today we were shocked to see that there’s a large snowstorm making its way up through the northeast. It seems like its going to stay to the west of us but there’s still something disturbing about being at the same latitude as a major snow storm. I mean, its the end of April fer Christ sake.
On Monday morning the rain let up for a bit so we decided to knock out a short 20 mile day. We gathered and stowed our lines and passed through the 1000 lock. As soon as we were locked through the rain once again resumed. It was so nasty we had to use our Nav lights to safely transit Portsmouth and Norfolk. All the bridges cooperated today so we were soon anchor down in Mill Creek awaiting more favorable conditions to start north on the bay tomorrow.
The temps never exceeded 60 degrees today. We had the lanterns of warmth & balminess lit before 1500 even though the warmth from engine is keeping the boat fairly decent.