That's a real shame. Looks like it would have been quite a ride, but doubtless you'll have other fascinating experiences when you resolve your alternative route.I’ve had confirmation that I cannot complete the Outer Banks route and I need to find a link to the mainland route south. That’ll take me by an alligator park but also through some pretty barren areas with a distinct lack of campsites, shops and other services.
Using online maps over here, it looks like the obvious choices are to carry on to Ocracoke then take the Swanriver ferry if that's running (33 miles longer) or cross back to Manns Harbor (4 miles shorter but yes, across alligator reserve) and follow NC bike routes 2 (Mountains to Sea) and 3 (Ports of Call) to regain your route at Jacksonville NC. Which will you choose...? Good luck![...] I toddled into the Tourist info offfice to be told tht there was a problem with one of thee ferries on the Outer Banks - the route I was planning to take. It seems that Hurricane Dorian has left his mark ina big way and the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke is only carrrying locals with special permission. Since this is at the southern end, it looks like my journey down the O.B. is not going to go ahead.
They were kind enough to give me a map of North Carolina and I had a look for a while at alternative routes down. In any case, I decided to head on to my destination for today and headed off again through the swamp/park.
Yes the roads are making me a little crazy! The thing is I know I'll be hitting long straight roads in places like Texas & Mexico, but it's like I'm expecting them. I wasn't expecting them in North Carolina!Thanks for the update today, a great read over breakfast for me. I don't know how you're dealing with those long straight roads, I think I'd go mad! A question, what made you decide to do it?
Many thanks for the kind words.Just the initial trip on the cargo ship is a wonderful way to go
Grub's included. Food was pretty good, although the chef changed same time as the Captain & I was told food improved then. What there wasn't was choice. There was a set menu same for officers as passengers.80 - 120 a day doesn’t seem too bad, especially as it would probably be a tick on the to do list
Was the grub included and was it reasonably decent? If so, it makes it even more attractive
that sounds like a decent deal to me.Grub's included. Food was pretty good, although the chef changed same time as the Captain & I was told food improved then. What there wasn't was choice. There was a set menu same for officers as passengers.
Wine was included with lunch & dinner, but it's really not the environment for overindulging.
Again, I'm fairly sure the fact that my ship was French played a factor in that.
It is, however, vital to have a flexible approach to dates when travelling.