BELHAVEN, NC TO ORIENTAL, NC
We left Belhaven at 10:00 am and were able to motor sail down the Pungo River and across the Pamlico Sound. The weather was perfect but thunderstorms were in the forecast as we would soon experience. As we made our way up Goose Creek it started to lightly rain. We then entered the Goose Creek / Bay River canal as it started raining heavier. We had to go under another 65’ bridge, The Hobucken, and when we got to it, the thunderstorm was in full swing with lots of lightening and strong winds. I slowed to a crawl and hoped for the best. We don’t know how close we were because we couldn’t see the top of the bridge. The storm passed as we came into the Bay River, and we had nice weather for the sail up the Neuse River to Oriental. Saw a large pod of dolphins in the Neuse River. Coming into Whitaker Creek the channel was shallow and we touched bottom once, but made to our slip at Sailcraft Marina by 5:00.