Tropical storm Arthur could care less that the Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t officially started yet. When it breezed past North Carolina on Monday, Vinyasa was securely tied up at Northwest Creek Marina near New Bern, NC.
We took advantage of days on a dock to thoroughly clean Vinyasa’s topside, and scrub the bottoms of the dinghy and the SUP. Both had a gnarly amount of growth from their time in the water in St. Augustine.
Arthur was trailed by several days of heavy rain. Allan outdid himself in the galley cranking out crepes with caramelized pears and ricotta for breakfast, a couple of differently delicious lamb treatments for dinner, and a honeyed apple torte for whenever. This after we provisioned really well at a flagship Harris Teeter in New Bern, thanks to Kim, a kind sailing friend who drove 20 minutes from her marina in New Bern to slip on a mask and chauffeur us another 25 minutes to the grocery store and then repeat in reverse. We appreciate you so much, Kim!
When the rain finally let up today, we dinghied the six miles to the New Bern Grand Marina in less than half an hour. Once there, we caught up with dear Herrington Harbour North friends Ben and Chantale via a socially distanced dockside chat. They are less than a 100 miles away from completing their first Great Loop. Way to go, guys!
We enjoyed a stroll around New Bern in the warm sunshine. The second oldest city in North Carolina is proud of the fact that Pepsi Cola was founded here in 1898. A cute corner storefront displays souvenirs for sale.
Bears are ubiquitous in New Bern, adorning street corners, shop signs and more.
Tomorrow we’ll stow our dock lines and resume our trek north on the Intracoastal Waterway toward the Chesapeake.
Wishing all a safe and relaxing holiday weekend; giving thanks to the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.