BUCK ISLAND, NC TO BELHAVEN, NC
We enjoyed our first night at anchor off Buck Island. It was so calm and tranquil. Then I came on deck and discovered thousands of mayflies had spent the night on the boat, and half of them were now dead. We started cleaning up and discovered several tree frogs were also on the boat, and had certainly enjoyed a fine dinner. We were a quarter mile from the closest land so those frogs must be real good swimmers.
We weighed anchor at 7:30a and headed down the North River to the Albemarle Sound. The weather was perfect crossing the sound and we were making eight knots under sail and power.
After passing the Alligator River swing bridge, it started to rain and continued for several hours. We entered the Alligator River / Pungo River canal around noon, and motored for four hours down this straight canal. We saw the most wildlife so far, including hawks, bald eagles and great blue herons. We had to pass under two 65’ bridges on this stretch. Our mast is 64’ with a wind vane that sticks up another 4”, and a VHF whip antenna that sticks up one foot. The first was the Fairfield Bridge and the antenna touched every girder. The second was the Wilkerson Bridge. The antenna touched and the wind vane scraped on the last girder. There is no tide here so the bridge height is just mis-stated. Fortunately, no damage was done. I can’t wait till we go outside at Southport, NC. These bridges are too stressful.
Out of the canal we raised the sail and had a nice ride to Belhaven, where we tied up for the night at the free city dock. We had read in Waterway Guide that there was live bluegrass music on Tuesday nights, so we made our way into town. We found the venue (a closed gas station) and proceeded to find a seat amongst mostly octogenarians. It wasn’t really bluegrass but mostly old time gospel and country, more of a practice session where audience members would come up and sing. We enjoyed the singalongs a while and made our way back to the boat to prepare for the next leg.