To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Southbound Day 6

Laundry Day.

CA wanted to try the Tidewater Marina in Portsmouth. For a small fee, we can tie up our Dinghy, use the showers and laundry. I have the WiFi password, and CA can walk a mile and a half to the Food Lion. Maybe take the bus back.

In previous trips, we'd used Waterside for shower and laundry. They've rebuilt Waterside and we're not sure what services they offer. It seems sensible to continue to offer showers and laundry, but the web site is vague on details.

The anchor is down near Hospital Point at 36° 50.6140′N, 076° 18.0220′W.

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Tugs working the river are a delight to see. The river traffic is simply amazing.

We have a problem with Scout (Red Ranger's dinghy.)


It's an Air Floor dinghy, with a high-pressure floor. Somewhere the floor has a a leak. It's small enough that the floor holds air for an hour or so. We can get to shore and back to Red Ranger.

It looks like this, though.

I have to top off the air in the floor each time we go somewhere. To do laundry, and groceries and go back, no big deal.

To go out with friends later, still not a show-stopping problem. But it is annoying to have to pump up the floor before we go anywhere.

It's better than paddling.


When you look back at the planning (2021 South-Bound, Phases I and II) you'll see that we're already behind "schedule." While the trip could be made in 4 days, we've taken 6 so far.

Dinner with friends in Norfolk. Much, much better than being on schedule.