"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 30, 2011

Sept. 29 - Great Bridge, VA

Day 195 - Last Day on the Water
Atlantic Yacht Basin

Today was our last day on the water. It was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. Hampton Roads was a little rough with white caps and lots of boat traffic, but for two experienced boaters it was just another wonderful day on the water. We came past the large Naval Station, the busy port of Norfolk and Portsmouth and entered the ICW. We had seven bridges and a lock to get through before we arrived in Great Bridge. Three were railroad bridges that stay open unless a train is coming...no trains, that was good, one is 65'...no problem there. That left us with three we needed to worry about...our timing was fantastic and only waited a few moments at each to open. It couldn’t have been better.

We are docked on the outside wall at Atlantic Yacht Basin for now. When we have the boat ready for storage we will move it to one of the covered sheds. Stan spent the afternoon changing the oil and checking a few other problem areas he is concerned about. We aren't certain when we will leave at this point, but we should have a better idea by tomorrow. Most of the things I need to do will have to wait till the last day. It's hard to believe it is almost October and we have traveled so far. Our final mileage count for this part of the adventure is 3991 miles. I’m excited to get home and spend time with family and friends, but I will truly miss the water and the boat.

Part of the video Pam took as we were leaving Hampton this morning.
Pam enjoying her coffee on Gallivant
Leaving Hampton
I love this sign
Waterman's dock in Hampton
A military tug (pusher)
Portsmouth, VA
Waterside Marina were we stayed in July
We found our next yacht...notice the helicopter?
Back to barges and bridges

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