Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Atlantic City - A biker gathering

Two boats in the Coast Guard anchorage, we've stayed there in the past, a good anchorage
Looking at the iPad apps PocketGrib, SwellInfo and Coastal Forecast by NOAA were are on track to leave Thursday morning at 5:30 am (be sure to get up and see us off...) The center of the low that's tracking north has veered inland somewhat so we're going to get northeast winds instead of west winds which are not as good but they are supposed to be less than 10 kts so it's okay - provided the reality matches the forecast! The swells are due to decreae from 3 ft to less than 2 ft, also good.

Coconut Shrimp served in a cup of rice paper
I took Ann out to the Chart House restaurant here at the Golden Nugget Casino, one of our favorite restaurants along the ICW. It's not cheap but they serve excellent food with outstanding presentation. We always make a point of having a dinner in both directions, going and coming.

Unknown to us, this Wednesday night is biker night for the Golden Nugget. There are dozens of bikes, mostly Harleys, all lined up in a row. There are four police cops from Atlantic City and a dozen or so security personnel from the casino. Every person that enters the event gets wanded for guns. I had to take Hoolie out through the crowd and when I returned, I was stopped. I guess I looked suspicious with Hoolie in tow. When I said I was on a boat, they let me through!

Biker heaven
We had wanted to get to bed early for a good night's sleep due to the early morning departure but I don't think that's going to happen given the "music" playing at max volume a couple hundred feet from us. On a Wednesday night we thought we were safe from the loud music but we didn't count on a special event, a biker rally.

So at 5:30 am, it's on to Atlantic Highlands if all goes according to schedule.