Norfolk, VA is generally considered the “end” (Mile 0) of the AICW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) when heading north. We’ve already traveled north nearly 950 miles from Vero Beach, FL in just under 3 weeks. Heading south or back north, the big question usually is how quickly? With each trip we often say we won’t hurry or won’t be on a schedule, however weather & all of the various complications seem to always rule. On perfect days, do you travel or enjoy where you are? Spring thunderstorms (often with tornado watches/warnings) down in the Carolinas are nothing to take likely. When the radio blares “take immediate shelter in your basement”, Lori always give me a funny look… Fortunately, we avoided even a single thunderstorm this year although we came close in Norfolk with weather warnings of gusts to 60, but it veered past us with light rain & gusts to only 20.
The biggest “tragedy” of this trip was skipping (the famous) Britt’s Donuts in Carolina Beach – we arrived on Tuesday, but they weren’t open until Friday. The travel weather was just too good to wait “just” for donuts. It wasn’t all tears though, as nearby Wake’n Bake Donuts was an adequate substitute, even though the lady in front of me ordered the last of Lori’s favorite donuts (the Carolina Sands & Samoa) 😦