I've driven and ridden over the bridge many times - not enjoying either at all! - and Caitlin, John and I even walked over it once, but I've never gone under it before. This was an interesting new perspective - and not nearly as scary.
When we got through the canal and into the Delaware River, we anchored behind Reedy Island. That gave us an oportunity for a sunrise shot of the Salem Cove Nuclear Plant across the river.
Joe described the sea state as "frisky
Joe and I both liked this light house at the entrance to Delaware Bay. Later we learned that the grandfather of Joe's friend, Harry, used to work there!
We took the long way around Cape May - don't ask why - and headed north in the Atlantic. We made it to Atlantic City that night - about a 100 mile, 13 hour run. Since it was a weekend, we were concerned about finding room to anchor, so we stayed at a marina in the shadows of the hotels/casinos. In spite of John's urging that we go in search of the "free" money that is available there, we spent a quiet evening on the boat.
We didn't leave the marina until about noon the following day, Sunday. The weather off shore was not looking good, so we took the intracoastal route. Unfortunately, it is narrow, often shallow and full of crazy boaters on the weekends.
There were some entertaining areas - interesting houses, as usual. There was also one section that had many people participating in a sport we had never seen before.
We awoke in the morning and found that we were under attack! Hundreds of sailboats were coming from up river. Fortunately, they passed us by and went out into the bay and spent the day racing back and forth - in the little bit of wind that was available.
Some took advantage of a tow out to the race area.
The next day, Tuesday, we continued on the last of the inside route. This section is also shallow with a narrow channel, but after we'd gone a little way we had the added bonus of thick fog!
After going in an out of the fog, we made it to the Manasquan River. The Manasquan inlet is the route to the ocean to go north to Sandy Hook and New York - there is no inside route. Besides the possibility of more fog in the inlet and ocean, there was the addtional problem of "frisky" seas due to hurricane remains.
Carolyn Ann, currently waiting out the weather in Brielle, NJ.
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