As you can see from the Google Map we are again at anchor
in the middle of the ICW. We didn't run out of time this time, we just
decided this was as far as we wanted to go today so we just pulled off the road
for a bit of rest. The body of water we are in is as big as Lake Macatawa
and about 3 feet deep. There is a little tongue just off the dredged
channel that we found that is 8 feet deep so we dropped the hook for dinner and
the night. Our trip here was a mixture of open water in the Pamlico Sound,
to a ditch that was no more than 100 feet wide.
This cut is called the Alligator River
channel. It is very wild and for all the life looks like the Upper Pen. of
Mich. Low land that could be swamp in places and pine trees. It is
very pretty but boring. It is straight as a string for 30 or so miles with
the depth never more than 18 feet, and only in the very center. The banks
are strewn with snags, stumps, dead heads, and trees that have fallen at the
There was a big sign on a post about 5 miles into the channel
that said DANGER.
That's all, just Danger without
any explanation of what. We hit something during our transit, I think a
floating log slightly under water. I don't think it did any damage except
to our bottom paint.
This is a very exhausting water way to travel.
One must drive constantly. We can never take our eyes off the chart
plotter and the water ahead. We use the chart plotter to keep ourselves in
the middle of a very narrow dredged channel. Most of the time
we also have to stand to see and make sure we won't hit
something floating. Today we traveled 68 miles which was a very good
day averaging 7 knots.
In an earlier part of the ICE that is built up (today
we saw no sign of civilization) I noted a particular style of
architecture that is shown below. We saw hundreds that were essentially
identical to this one. Just a box with porches.
I don't know about you, but to me I think some third
grader must have won the competition on home design.
In an earlier journal entry I mentioned Southport,
our landfall and first port after Tortola.
Now here, the homes were beautiful. This
is Bald Head Island, where no cars are allowed. Only golf carts or
bicycles. The average cost of all the homes sold last year was $1.3
The marina homes behind Jaywalker, were just a tiny
portion those on the island. Most are on the ocean, or just back from
This marina has the smallest channel we've seen. It
is the one I tried to describe entering in the dark. The ferry coming in
is crabbing into the current so he can make it without
being swept past. It's a wonder we ever found this in the pitch black
night or pile up on the beach in the process.
Tomorrow we will try to make another 55-65 miles and then
just one more day of this and we will be in Norfolk at the bottom of the
I sure am glad we did most of the Atlantic coast in the
ocean. This is too much work.