But we finally did it. We finally escaped Severn Yachting Center. We were up before dawn. It was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind was about 10 knots, but well down from the 35+ knots the day before. The engines started right up even though they were cold. We did our last checks, untied the lines, and were finally on our way.
|I even bought a cheesy yellow knit cap to aid in the escape.|
We arrived in Norfolk around 1:30 PM. Unfortunately, we were fighting the outgoing tide the entire way, making as little as 3 knots through most of the area. As a result, we ended up getting caught at a bridge in Norfolk that opens on the hour, except for rush hour times. We didn't make it through the Gilmerton bridge until 5:30 PM. The sun had already set and the dark was starting to creep in.
Fortunately we made it to the marina that is our stop for the night before the last rays of light had completely faded. Unfortunately, it wasn't until after the marina had closed for the evening. They apparently don't have 24 hour access facilities here. But the one thing we really wanted, shore power so we could run heaters, was available. After a couple of attempts at backing into a slip with a cross current, we had the boat tied off for the evening.
While it was cold and a bit trying at times, it feels good to be moving south after so long.