TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 19 NM
DOCKED AT: ORIENTAL MARINA ON THE NEUSE RIVER
ICW MILE MARKER: 181.5
SUNRISE: 6:25 SUNSET: 7:45
HIGH: 81 LOW: 61
TODAY’S BRIDGES: 1
1. BEAUFORT/RADIO ISLAND BASCULE BRIDGE 203.7
We took time to wander around the historic neighborhoods, admiring the beautifully preserved homes and vibrant azaleas in full bloom. Alexis and I did a little shopping along the waterfront then it was time to cast off and head for our next destination.
After making the bridge opening we entered Adams Creek where we saw a dredge barge busily clearing the river of the ever reoccurring shoaling.
|DREDGING WORK ON ADAMS CREEK|
Exiting Adams Creek, we were unprepared for the vastness of the Neuse River. It is known to be the widest river in the USA and greeted us with some rocking and rolling conditions. The sail boats loved the gusting wind as they swept across.
Oriental is the “Sailing Capital” of North Carolina. The town was originally called Smith Creek but renamed to Oriental by the postmaster in 1886. The Oriental was a sunken Union Civil War ship that washed up on a local beach.
|THE SAILING CAPITAL OF NORTH CAROLINA|
We were greeted at the marina with helpful hands and were soon tied up and exploring the tiny town. The waiting shrimper trawlers added to the ambiance of the area and we explored their gear, wishing it were shrimping season.
|GOD'S GRACE READY FOR THE SHRIMP TO RUN|
|ORIENTAL MARINA AND RESORT|
|WE WERE CAPTIVATED BY THIS LANDSEER PUPPY|