Getting to Portsmouth the next day was motoring again, we were part of a parade of boats going that way ( a few CAN), the view from ‘the grey mile’ was awesome, miles and miles of industrial and military might. The Ocean Marine Yacht facility in Portsmouth, is hosting 40 of the boats participating in a Portsmouth to St. Thomas ,(BVI) ORC Rally, so it is colorful and busy here. We went to a movie (the Judge) at the Commodore, an old style cinema theater attraction that has a dining room set up instead of seats. The next morning we took taxis to main shopping centers, got our flu-shots (at Target) and that afternoon did a 3 hr. walk around the “ Olde Towne”, on a hot day-happy to sit here an extra night and have the luxury of laundry and showers.
A lot of that time was spent tracking down a particular cell phone package including the sim card.
It's very frustrating trying to use a credit card online with some of the providers because their data bases don't except Canadian provinces or Canadian postal codes, so the transaction is rejected by the credit cards. In the end bought a prepaid credit card from a drugstore to complete the cell phone transaction.
The boat is working well, sometimes we feel pretty puny next to some of the bigger sailboats and power trawlers going south, but everyone is very friendly regardless. There are quite a few smaller boats too, some smaller than us.
Next stop, The Dismal Swamp and North Carolina.