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Goodbye Carolinas
4/28/2017 8:26 PM
We finally said goodbye to the Carolinas with their 6+ foot tides and large chunks of water to cross - - crossing into Virginia.  We departed Coinjock at 0730 expecting a grueling day waiting for bridges to open  and expecting a madhouse going through the one lock we needed to negotiate.  The weather was gray with storms passing through Norfolk as we headed this way but once again the weather gods looked favorably on us and we saw no more than a spitter of rain.  Bill, in the boat Pili Lani had worked a plan for us to hit the bridges within minutes of their scheduled openings (some on the half hour and some on the hour) and it worked perfectly - - even if one boat had to beg them to keep a bridge open until he got through.
Given the state of the tide, the lock only dropped us a few inches instead of the normal 2 feet and all 10 boats in the lock got in and out safely.  Instead of limping into Norfolk totally drained at 5 PM we got here at 1400 and were refreshed enough to enjoy a few adult beverages on the Jolly Mon.  Just prior to arrival at Waterside we slid by some Navy ships undergoing refurb:
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Thomas R Friers
Jolly Mon's Blog

This Blog is to record the adventures of the crew of the MV Jolly Mon as we work our way around the Great American Loop. Scheduled departure is from Melbourne Fl, during the first week of April 2017 and we hope to return in November 2017. Jolly Mon is a 2005 SeaRay Sundancer 390 with a Sea Lift hydraulic platform added for easy launch and recovery of our 8.5 ft Highfield RIB.
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