Beautiful bright day the transit this lovely waterway. Got in the lock for the first opening at 8:30 a.m. with several other boats. Lock tender was a fun guy who was helpful with our lines. As we were waiting for the water to equalize, he bought out a pot of coffee and pastries. Southern hospitality at its finest.
The canal, as before, was quite nice. We had contemplated stopping for the night at the visitors center with a couple of other boats we met along the way, but the afternoon was so nice, we decided to go the 18 miles and stay at Elizabeth City for that night or two.
Pulled into EC at the bulkhead by one of the parks. Nice spot. Went to dinner at Cypress Grill. Wasn’t as good as we remembered the last time we were here.