On the ICW
31 October 2016 | Great Bridge, VA
We awoke to winds that had shifted to the North, gusting over 20 mph, but predicted to decrease later in the day. We also noted that the anchor had begun to slowly drag, which was not an immediate issue as we had about a mile of shallow bay behind us with no other boats in sight. The wind began to abate before noon so we lifted the dinghy aboard, weighed anchor and set off South on the Elizabeth River through Norfolk. The wind and seas were behind us and there was minimal river traffic so we had a pleasant trip past the Norfolk Naval Station piers and downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth. By the time we reached the Great Bridge Lock at the start of the Intracoastal Waterway it was again a balmy calm day. We stopped for the night just past the lock at the Atlantic Yacht Basin on a peaceful stretch of the waterway but walking distance to infinite shopping opportunities. We enjoyed a great Japanese dinner and then restocked Brilliant's larder at a mega-sized Farm Fresh supermarket.