TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 14 NM
DOCKED AT: ATLANTIC YACHT BASIN IN CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA ($1.81/FT OVER ALL-W/P)
SUNRISE: 6:47 AM SUNSET: 4:53 PM
HIGH: 57 (I DON’T THINK SO!) LOW: 34
We awoke this morning to a cold, drizzly world. What a change from the last couple of days. Shortly after 10:30 we had caste off our lines and were weaving our way through the busy channel, all the while avoiding the fixed as well as the moving obstacles. The monolithic Naval ships in dry-dock, the patrolling security boats, tugs, barges, cruisers, sailing ships, floating cranes, we somehow managed to stay out of their way as we traveled out of the busy Norfolk area.
|A TUG MOVING A BARGE WITH A CRANE|
We are now back in the ICW with the mile markers beginning in Norfolk at MM1 and getting larger as we head south. At MM 2.6 we passed through the open N&P Beltline Railroad Lift Bridge and spied this submarine. Cool sight and we were pretty close.
|THE N&P BELTLINE RAILROAD LIFT BRIDGE|
|THE SUBMARINE WAS LIT UP WITH CHRISTMAS-LIKE LIGHTS|
We watched the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge (MM 3.6) slowly drop down as we approached but the bridge-tender was responsive to our needs and reopened it quickly. We didn’t fare so good at the usually open Glimerton Bascule Bridge (MM 5.8). We ended up just missing an opening and, due to construction issues, had to wait an hour for our turn to transit. Since the Interstate 64 Highway Bridge (MM 7.1) has a generous clearance of 65’, we sailed right under. However, if you do need it to open it requires 24 hours notice.
Our wait for the hourly opening of the Dominion Boulevard Bridge (MM 8.8) was minimal and at MM 11.3 we entered the Great Bridge Lock to be lowered only 3’. MM 12 brought a short wait for the opening of the Great Bridge Bascule Bridge and then there was the Atlantic Yacht Basin, our day’s destination.
|CRAIG TENDING THE ROPES IN THE LOCK|
EVIDENCE OF THE COLD IS FOUND WITH CRAIG BUNDLED UP
|GREAT BRIDGE LOCK|
Now I’m not sure what I was expecting but we appear to be out in the wilds. The lady in the office assured me that civilization was within a short walk but the dismal day sort of put the kibosh on our desire to explore.
|THIS IS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AT ATLANTIC YACHT BASIN|
All this cold weather has brought to our attention the failure of the salon heater. Right, now of all times! Luckily the bedroom heat is working so we are not totally without heat. Anyway, we have scheduled a Cruisair repairman for first thing tomorrow morning. Now maybe things will warm up!
We will leave Quest here while we travel to Greensborough, NC tomorrow for the charity fundraiser that Sam Querrey and John Isner are hosting. Should be a fun time and we will get to see Mike and Chris too. We expect to be back on the water Sunday so look for an update Monday.