This morning Brian and I did not want to get out of the v-berth, our cozy cave, but our growling bellies forced us out to make breakfast. We could see our breath once again and so Brian got our little stove fired-up while I brewed coffee and mixed hot chocolate. We had a tasty breakfast, omelets with asparagus, tomatoes, and cheese and bacon (pig jowl that we discovered in Food Lion; sliced thinly it fried to a crisp just like bacon). While I was washing dishes we were hailed on the VHF by Serendipity. We made plans to head into town together to find refuge in The Bean from the dreary day. I was excited to wear my galoshes. They’d been stowed away and on that mental list entitled, “hmmm, should I have really packed that?”
The Bean overlooks Oriental’s harbor. It is the only coffee shop in town and it has free wifi and heat. On our way to The Bean we stopped at a marine store. We ran into fellow boaters, Jim and Judy aboard Tug Along II, and talked for a bit to get to know one another a bit better. We were neighbors at the docks in Elizabeth City. Jim and Judy are making their way down the Intracoastal Waterway on their Nordic Tug. While browsing in the store Brian found a casting net and a fish scaler, both essentials so I’m told. I found a selection of Royal Robbins shorts that were on sale; also essential, I selected a pair identical to the ones I already own. It had rapidly turned into an expensive day so we made a beeline for The Bean. We ordered coffees and set up shop for more wifi to-do’s. The Bean was bustling with other cruisers and locals. Brian was able to download nautical charts and set his Fantasy Football line-up. Then the guys got antsy and decided to take a walk. Jessica and I worked on our blog updates.
When the guys returned, Jessica and I were ready to leave The Bean. Brian shared that he and Matt had used bikes from the marine store we’d just visited to ride down to West Marine. Brian purchased diesel cloths – an item on the provisioning checklist. We headed back to our boats to make an early supper. Tonight we were headed out on the town! Back to The Silos restaurant for open mic night.
Matt and Jessica have a cruising friend currently in Oriental who they met during their trip through the Erie Canal. We were introduced to Yvonne aboard Old Glory. Yvonne joined us for open mic night. We tipped back a few and had a grand time! The music was great, all acoustic some solo acts and some duos. The Silos’ last call came at 8:30pm and we made our way back to the harbor. We chatted for a while aboard Old Glory before heading back to our boats for bedtime. Tomorrow we’re on the move again!