Start: 6:30 AM- Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Finish: 2:30 PM - Carolina Beach, NC
Daily dist: 32 miles
Total dist: 2900+ miles
Weather: Fog, Rain, Calm winds, Warm
Notes: A fun day running up the ICW with rain showers. Thankfully headed toward a night with new friends.
The weather predictions showed showers and possible thunder storms all day so I had my heavy paddling jacket out and ready. One little downpour put me in the jacket for about a half hour until I was just as wet from overheating than I would have been in the rain. So took the jacket off and for the rest of the day I enjoyed an occasional cooling fresh water shower while I paddled north.
I can’t believe I don’t have any pictures of the evening, but Virginia invited over a few local paddling friends to join us for dinner who included Robert (whom I’d met in Charleston), Chris, and his girlfriend Laine. While we dined on exceptionally good fish tacos we sorted out the details of how to coordinate a paddle for Virginia and I from Carolina Beach up to Wrightsville Beach ten miles up the coast. The tricky part was sorting out transportation once Virginia and I reached the take out. Amazingly Chris volunteered his car for us to use to shuttle ourselves around while he was at work. In the end it only took two hours to sort out the details for the four hour paddle but the plan was hatched.