Friday, September 27, day 80
Paul, who lives on his boat here took us to Robert Sawyers automotive shop to get the alternator belt bracket welded. They were great! Immediately went to work on it and <10min it was welded and fixed for $10! Wow what service! We drove home (our boat IS home) and Phil put the bracket on and the alternator is fixed. We have been using it since and no problems.
As we returned to the boat we watched several Model T Ford cars come into the Park in front of the docks in Elizabeth City. Unfortunately by the time we were ready to go see the cars, they had started up their engines and started to leave. I hope that we see them again later.
For lunch Paul joined and took us to Quality Seafood Market. They do sell fish there in one room, but walk to the next room and they have a restaurant to order fish cooked very reasonable. Phil and I had the lunch sampler for $7 ea which included 2 fried oysters, 2 fried shrimp, 4 fried scallops, a fried fish filet, hush puppies, coleslaw and fries. There were lots of retires were there so you know that it’s good but too much food for me to eat. We started walking back, and wouldn’t you know, the Model T Fords start pulling into the Museum of Abemarle. Lucky that I carry my camera with me, so I grabbed some shots.
This is a good museum telling about the area from when the Indians lived here until present times. The cost was free and even though we paid for the Gone With the Wind exhibit, it was worth it.
And a exhibit about the movie Gone With the Wind staring Vivian Lee and Clark Gable. I found the costumes interesting in how tiny the ladies were. Leslie Howard was a tiny man based on the costumes on display and Clark Gable was about the same size as John Wayne based on the information about one of the suits Clark wore in the movie was also worn oin a different movie by John Wayne!
I would never would have guessed this before seeing it here.
In the afternoon, the Model T Fords came back to the wharf and this time we were able to look and talk to some of the people. one woman, Gretchen has a 1923 Model T that was made for doctors, it was the Doctors Coupe Model because there was glass in the windows enclosing the seats so that the doctor could go out in all weather and stay dry. Gretchen also quilts and knits so it was interesting to hear about these interests besides the car, which she was very knowledgable about.
here Gretchen is showing Phil something about the engine. Here she was telling Phil how the breaks are IN the transmission, only for back wheels and these cars only like to go 45mph max. They are harder to stop at higher speeds.
After supper, we were invited over to Paul’s boat. 37′ Gulfstar for drinks. We had a great time meeting his fiancĂ© Jane, touring his boat and sharing stories. Paul had been in the Coast Guard and worked in Cleveland living on the west side (one of them, haha) and then in Lyndhurst. We wish them all the best and THANKS Paul for all your schlepping you did for us.
We are planning on going to the Farmers Market and meet Jane and then leave the next day. We are still trying to decide if we can go to Roanoke Island and Ocracoke or gothrough the alligator and Pungo River to get to oriental to see our friends Don and D.