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Everything about this day was perfect. We woke to a delicious breakfast with Marybeth and George, downed some coffee and groats and headed out to meet Captain Ron. Ron showed up out of nowhere like an angel from the sky... a boater who loves the environment, just retired, has a huge heart, and thought it would be fun to go on an adventure. He volunteered to support us for 3-4 days as we make our way to Oriental, NC. He is a blessing.
Our first obstacle was the Cape Fear River. We had paddled into the night on Sunday, with "Old Baldy" flashing in the distance, to make it to Southport, knowing that the incoming tide on Monday morning would push us up the river. It worked!! We went flying all the way into Snow's Cut, then all the way up the ICW, hitting a few 8+ mph runs. FUN day!!
Best part of the day were friends who came out to visit... special yells from Katie et. al., Kohl's ice cream from Dave, a surprise visit and a hug from Kim's dad, and some good cheer from Jarrod... and then Guy and Patty... the visitors who couldn't get rid of us. We passed them once to say hello, paddled another 10 miles and then decided to come back and stay the night!

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Dave delivering Kohls to the boat ramp!
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Jarrod motored up the waterway to cheer us on
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Guy and Sadie
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Kim's dad, Pete & us
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Welcoming committee - Katie, Guy, Patty and Sadie
 


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