TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 23 NM
DOCKED AT: NEW BERN GRAND MARINA ON THE TRENT RIVER
SUNRISE: 6:24 SUNSET: 7:47
HIGH: 87 LOW: 63
TODAY’S BRIDGES: 1
1. CUNNINGHAM BRIDGE AT NEUSE RIVER AND TRENT RIVER
We began our Easter Sunday with a charming brunch at the marinas Toucan restaurant. We were greeted by the "Easter Bunnies" at the entrance. Funny how they resembled Toucans.
|EASTER TOUCAN, COMPLETE WITH BUNNY EARS|
We cast off and got back in the wide Neuse River, traveling with the delighted sail boats enjoying the day’s windy conditions. While the day was quite warm, the breeze made it more than comfortable.
We are now off the ICW and on diverting rivers that will take us to New Bern, home of Hatteras Boats. As we neared the Trent River and our night’s destination we found this huge, fort-like structure. George Wetherington built this five story diving tower in James City just so kids could have fun. And what kid wouldn’t have a blast playing on this cool toy?
|HOW MUCH FUN COULD YOU HAVE ON THIS BIG TOY?|
After the bridge tender admitted us into the Trent River, we entered the New Bern Grand Marina right at the lovely Hilton and secured for the night.
|OUR HOME AT THE NEW BERN GRAND MARINA ON THE TRENT RIVER|
We discovered that New Bern was founded by a nobleman from Bern, Switzerland in 1710 and dubbed the city after his home town. Bern loosely translated to bear and we saw evidence of the namesake all over town. New Bern is also known for being the birth place of Pepsi-Cola. The old pharmacy on Middle Street is the spot where Caleb Bradham created “Brad’s Drink” and patented it as Pepsi-Cola in1898.
|THE NEW BERN COAT OF ARMS|
|ARTIST BEAR FOR FUNDRAISING|
|THE HOME OF PEPSI-COLA|