April 10, 2014.
We waited until the tide turned in our favor to head up Adams Creek towards Oriental. We arrived just after noon and made our way into Whittaker Creek with as little as 3 inches showing on the depth sounder.
It was good to see Ken & Carol once again we all went and met the Sapphires for dinner at Silos. It was our first meal off the boat since we got back to the states and it was BOGO pizza night so that was pretty special.
Ken & Carol left early the next morning to head to Charleston where they work as race committee for Charleston Race Week. So that evening Mike & Kathy picked us up and we had a few adult beverages at the Tiki Hut down at the waterfront before heading back with them to see their new home. Like so many cruisers they've decided that a land base would be a good thing for them and after several years of looking around they decided on Oriental, NC.
Oriental is a great town and the house they chose is absolutely perfect. I can admit that I'm a little bit jealous as I love their new home and Oriental...is Oriental.
After spending 2 nights sitting still it was time to get going so on Thursday we motored out onto a dead calm Neuse River and headed north. In the afternoon we had some breeze so we got some sailing in and with a favorable current for the entire day we were able to knock out an 80 mile day.
The plan for tomorrow is for another 80 miles which would land us in Great Bridge and only a stones throw from the Chesapeake. We have to negotiate 4 lift bridges and make a fuel stop along the way. We'll have to see how it goes.....