Roaches as big as mice

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Started day: mile marker 229.5

Ended day: mile marker 297

Finally an early start to the day! We pulled the anchor in Swansboro just as the sun came up.

It was a beautiful ride on the ICW today. We passed several beach areas, saw alot of wildlife (birds and dolphin), and passed lots of bridges.

We saw several shipwrecked shrimp boats today
Captain Stew eating breakfast at the wheel
Surf City, NC
Notice how blue the water is

There were several swing bridges and bascule bridges on the ICW today. Some of them open as the boats arrive and others only open on the hour. This slowed us down considerably. We seem to always end up just at sunset arriving at our nightly destination.

Figure Eight Island Swing bridge

We booked a very inexpensive marina tonight so we could shower and prepare for the transit tomorrow down Cape Fear River and around Southport. It was pretty dark by the time we tied up and were ready to take showers. As we walked through the marina there were several, SEVERAL, large cockroaches. I also ran into several, SEVERAL, more in the shower. I guess they rename them “palmetto bugs” down here… but they were still yucky and I worried that we could bring one back to the boat with us!

Carolina Beach State Park Marina
Our spot at the end of the dock

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