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I stopped in Beaufort, NC then Oriental, NC. In Beaufort, I met a lady named Mary Ellen, who will be the first documented woman to single- hand the "Great Loop" (circumnavigating the east coast of the US, via the Mississippi). She's from Ontario and is on her way homeward. I also met Jamie, a 71 year old man single-handing his way from the Bahamas/Culebra to the Chesapeake; he had never done the ICW before, so I convinced him to tag along. When we departed Beaufort, the first thing I did to show him how easy it was - ran aground. I've been hard aground four times since starting up the east coast, but always got myself off, while the tow boat was still half a mile away. We (Jamie and I are now in Elizabeth City, NC. We're going to spend two nights here, then proceed up the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. The controlling depth is 6 feet, and we both draw 5.5 feet, so it should be interesting to say the least. I haven't found an slips I can afford in or south of Annapolis, so I'm looking North; at least I'll be closer to my brother and father up there. I'm hoping to find a floating dock with winter slips. I think when we do get tied up, Joey and I are going to NH for a few days to unwind.
Pegasus has been a true battle-wagon, showing her Hans Christian qualities: comfort, stability and the ability to take a beating and come through smiling. It's hard to digest that I'm only two days from the Chesapeake. I keep wanting to slow down and make the adventure last longer. I've come to realize it really is the journey, not the destination that matters; the people you meet along the way and the places you see that you wouldn't have. I think I' made many friends I didn't have when I started this journey. More from the Chesapeake.