Wednesday, September 30: We have been watching the weather very closely. Tropical Storm Jaoquin had been upgraded to a hurricane and was predicted to make landfall in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast sometime over the weekend. However, heavy rain was forecast for the entire Eastern Seaboard.
Our plan was to get as far south as possible and as far away from the hurricane as possible. We had originally planned to go from Coinjock to Oriental, NC, but decided to keep going on to Wrightsville Beach, NC, which is on the coast, but not sticking out into the Atlantic like the Outer Banks is.
It was really hot and humid. We stopped for gas in the afternoon to make sure we would have enough to make it to Wrightsville Beach, which was 130 miles from Coinjock.The boat averages about 25 mph, sometimes more depending upon how many “no wake zones” we have to go through and how many bridges we have to wait for.We passed through my favorite part of the ICW so far, from Morehead City to Cape Fear. The ICW travels right along the ocean, and the water is beautiful. I also saw a dolphin in one of the inlets. I could see myself living in this area at some point in the future.We made it to the Seapath Yacht Club just before closing, and got settled in about 5:45 p.m. The weather forecast heavy rain overnight, so the Captain put on the camper top (like a big tent over and back of the boat, which allows you to stand up and keeps the rain (for the most part) out.The clouds were beginning to roll in. Dark and ominous storm clouds. After we took showers, we walked down the street to find a restaurant. We settled on Banks Channel Pub and Grille. They menu offerings were what you would find in any sports bar and pub. I ordered a black bean quesadilla and tater tots (which were very good).
We took a cab back to the boat, since it was so humid, neither one of us felt like taking another shower.
Our plan was to evaluate the weather on Thursday and make a decision on whether to stay put in Wrightsville Beach, or if we were going to keep heading south.