29 October 2018
We all enjoyed our time at the Dismal Swamp Welcome area but it was time to move on to Elizabeth City for some provisioning and laundry. Our floatilla of 8 boats left the dock at 7:30 and headed to the last lock on the canal. After jockeying around to fit everyone in the lock we were clear and on our way down the winding river by 9 a.m. The sun finally made an appearance and we enjoyed a beautiful morning cruise despite the chilly weather and arrived at our destination by noon.
We were all amazed at how great the staff was in the Dismal Swamp, but we were blown away by our welcome in Elizabeth City. They have a waterfront park with free docking for at least 12 boats
plus free docking at the Christian College and the fish market. The city docks are short finger docks and there are always volunteers around to help with lines. However, under certain conditions docking can be a challenge and the harbour is a little bumpy. We chose instead to tie along side at the college dock. We hadn't even finished securing the lines when the soccer coach stopped by and told us the showers in the gym were open for us to use. Then about 15 minutes later another boater stopped by and said someone had loaned her a car if we wanted to go the laundry mat. After lunch we headed out for the 40 minute walk to the grocery store, within a 1/4 of a mile someone gave us a ride right to the Food Lion.
It's nice to see how the communities all get involved to welcome transient boaters to their towns. All they ask in return is that if we have time, enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.
Today's picture is of part of the floatilla heading to Elizabeth City.