Then we followed with a second 55 mile day. We stopped in Oriental on our way from Morehead to New Bern to visit Sailcraft Boatyard for a quick powerwash and zinc check. It was nice to be back where "people know your name".
As we passed Minnesott Point on Friday, the South wind was throwing waves over our bow, actually hitting the flybridge a few times. I called our new marina, the New Bern Grande, at 430 in the afternoon to let them know we were coming, but would never make 5pm. When we reached the markers 17 and 19 the winds laid down and we had smooth motoring to get us into New Bern.
As we were making our approach to our "new to us" slip….Allan, our new dock person, came racing down the dock to help us in. He had actually stayed and waited for us to arrive until 630pm to make sure we arrived safe and sound. This is what I love about the Neuse…fellow boaters that really go beyond the call to make sure we all arrive home safely.
As we tied up the boat, Jay and Emily from NWC came down the dock to welcome us home! They were having dinner on the deck as the drawbridge opened and we came motoring through! They couldn’t believe that after just talking about our returning to New Bern, here we were coming through the bridge. What a nice surprise!
My take away from this journey was how much we have grown as boaters. I’m somewhat torn between telling you about the actual cruise, and the personal journey that we have been on. The weather was great, albeit a little windy. The views were amazing. The people were by far the keys to making another especially memorable weekend. The personal journey was finding our own unique special place in this boating-cruising world that we have entered. Making our own way, in a world dominated by so many that have passed through here before us. This is the journey that we have just completed. We now understand who we are, and what our beloved boat means to us.
Here’s to finding your own special place in this world. May the wind be always at your back and the sun always shine warm upon on your face.