Dismal Swamp Visitors Center
Good to be under the covers warm and dry while it rained all night. Most of the other boats took off at 7 AM to make the next lock opening; the guys let me sleep in. Harmony stayed around, dumped the garbage and recycling at the visitor’s center. The crew had a nice breakfast of toast, bacon and eggs; about 10AM another boat chugged by and the bridge opened so Harmony started the engine, turned around and headed south, arriving at the south Mills Lock with a few minutes to spare. The rain started again the lock was not as pleasant as the first one.
The Dismal Swamp is straight and narrow but just beautiful with the leaves turning lovely colors of fall. Into Turners Cut twisting and winding like a snake we went in and out getting closer to Elizabeth City. About a half an hour out the rain really came down and the wind picked up. Harmony arrived in Elizabeth City rough and choppy, secured the last slip fit for Harmony at the free dock. (No amenities here). We all went to dinner early with Jim Elliott and his family, the previous owner of Harmony. Hunkered down with rain and wind all night, slept well; even Guy slept well and he had waves slapping on the stern of the boat.