Just as we cleared the Veranzano Bridge and headed for the New Jersey coast, the naval command ship pulled by. She was escorted by lots of well armed coast guard boats, so it was easy to steer well out of Ambrose Channel. On Monday we made it as far as Manisquan and found a comfortable spot at the Briele Marina. The slip was just past a railroad bridge that only opens when a train is due. Well the bridge only opened three times an hour....all night long. And just to be sure no one missed the events, a siren would accompany each movement. We left Manisquan at sunrise and worked our way down to Atlantic City where Lutie and Mary were keeping the dice warm for us.
The arrangement at the Farley State Marina was less than perfect as the dock master, with a near empty marina ushered us into a spot without power. As this was not discovered until after all lines/fenders were secured and cables/hoses offloaded, we decided to stay with the generator. Mary had arrived with some additional insulation for our ailing exhaust piping and as the ladies headed off to the tables, it was a good time to do a little voyage repair. After a delicious buffet on Mary's diamond card, we played enough to stay even for the night and headed back to the boat early. Wednesday was another long day that brought us thru Cape May and the canal and up Delaware Bay to the Cohancey River.