The adventures of Jim & Mary on America's Great Loop.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
On Sunday the forecast was calling for rain for the next 4 days with possible T'storms. Jim checked the various weather sites, and Sirius weather, then made the decision to leave Beaufort for Oriental. It drizzled off and on, was overcast, cloudy, and a tad chilly, but we made it without T'storms. After we docked the sun came out and it was a very nice afternoon. We took the courtesy car into town to check it out. Oriental is quite a small town, approximately 875 residents. There is a small Town & Country grocery store, a small hardware store, and various small gift shops and restaurants. The Bean is the local coffee shop that also sells ice cream, that was an obvious stop for us, I enjoyed death by chocolate and Jim tried the nutty coconut, very good!
The marina is about 5 years old and a pretty nice place, with a pool, and club house.
With the weather developing some wicked wind and churning the water up, we decided to stay put for a bit. Thursday is suppose to be much calmer, so we will leave Oriental for Belhaven. That should be about 49 miles north of here, or 5 hours on the water at 7 knots.
We got together with Kathy & George from MV Spey this evening and had dinner at one of the local restaurants in town. It's called "The Silos" because they are metal silos. The food was great and very reasonably priced. They will also be leaving tomorrow morning for an anchorage in Belhaven. Other than George & Kathy we haven't seen any other "loopers" for awhile, I think most are ahead of us, we are lagging behind just taking our time.