Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I am aboard the Pamlico.A sturdy ferry that is part of the NC Ferry system. I left the Vaughns at 7:00AM to make the 10:30AM ferry from Ocracoke to Cedar Island,NC. I forgot my backpack,and had to add 45 minutes to my trip to retrieve same.I missed the 9:00AM Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry by 2 or 3 minutes which caused me to miss the 10:30AM Ocracoke to Cedar Island ferry.That explains why I am typing this on the 2:00PM ferry.The ride is 2.25 hours.My travel day would appear to have been shot.Since I do not have to be anywhere at any time,my ferry miss allowed me the joy of running into John Goodman again on Ocracoke.We had had an enjoyable conversation on my earlier visit a week ago.We picked up where our earlier car conversation left off,and I mentioned I needed my timing advance reduced from 10 degrees to 4 degrees.In my travels from Rhode Island to Hatteras,I had been unable to find someone with a timing light. John said Jimmy Jackson,the local car guru/collector could help me out.We drove to Jimmy's garage,and he dropped what he was doing;ran home for his timing light,and fixed me right up.INCREDIBLE!! I caught the 2:00PM ferry,and the drive off of Cedar Island was incredibly beautiful.The sun setting in the west cast a glow over the various marsh bridges I crossed.The oil slick glass of the eddies and creeks reflected the rays of the sun in a spectrum of hues.The crisp air made everything seem clearer. All this was mixed with the remnants of a Carolina blue sky complimented by pink and light golden wisps of scattered clouds. You could not script a more perfect mix of God's work.It continued for miles.I have witnessed some profound moments of Nature between here and Nova Scotia-KARMA TRAVEL!! Yours with an expectation of Waves,Ralph

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