From the map you can see it was a largely straight run through the remainder of the Dismal Swamp. Still narrow, and still quite shallow throughout most of it. The only real excitement in the day was passing a dredge, which has never gone well for us. This would be our third. It went without incident -- for us, anyway. The boat ahead of us did hit the dredge pipe, but suffered no damage. They just reported a "bump" as they went over it.
We locked through another lock to get onto the Chesapeake, which is largely still north of us. Both locks also have bridges near them that need to be opened for the boats, both around 10 feet high. That's done by one person. They hear you call and open the bridge, then drive (as you float) to the lock to lock you through. That's why it's only done four times a day, otherwise these poor people would be running back and forth all day long. Explained one lock master, we also do the grounds keeping and the lock maintenance. Essentially, they live there.
|This little guy tried to hitch a ride|
Look closely at the rope on the left
Polly, avert your eyes!
|Navionics gave me this route.|
Not a warm-and-fuzzy feeling when it tracks you
over land. Thankfully, it was really water.
|At the Deep Creek Lock.|
You can see the little house on the left.
That's where the lockmaster lives.