Start: 6:00 AM - Hobucken, NC
Finish: 2:00 PM - Under HWY 94 Bridge
Daily dist: 34 miles
Total dist: 3000+ miles
Weather: Sunny with wind from SW at 15-20 mph (great tail wind)
Notes: Not much camping available on canal portion of ICW in this area
It was 2:00 and the end of my normal eight hour day so I started scanning for a place to camp. I had made great time with an amazing tail wind all day and was very tempted to stay on the water and put in a few more miles. However, in the canal portion of the ICW I was traveling I hadn’t seen a single piece of high campable land in almost 12 miles. The map showed similar topography for the next 12 miles or more which meant I could end up paddling another three hours before I saw high ground which was more than I really wanted to do. At this point I was on a concentrated search for something other than cypress knees and swamp grass on which to land my kayak for the night. As I passed under the Hwy 94 bridge (a tall flyover causeway like so many that have replaced draw bridges along the ICW) I spotted the remnants of the concrete embankment of the old draw bridge that once carried cars over the water at this spot. There was a sandy gap in the rocks at the waters edge where I could land my kayak and the land on top (in the old road bed) looked flat and grassy. So without many other options I decided to land and check things out and sure enough it would do.