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Trip length: 7.0 miles
We were able to get one last trip in for the year on this windy October day. Brian and Tom paddled straight across the river right away to take advantage of the wind break offered by the trees on river left. Tom spent most of the trip hugging the shoreline to take maximum advantage. Jason stayed out in the middle some to try and get used to paddling in bigger water and not being right next to the shore. He paid for it by having to fight against the wind more. There was almost no boat traffic out on the river this day. We probably saw 2 boats all day. Usually, the interesting aspects of our trips have to do with our natural surroundings. This trip we were passing by some Virginia history, as we paddled past some of the historic James River Plantations. First we passed Berkeley Plantation, formerly known as Berkeley Hundred. We didn't really get a good picture from the water of the main house, but passed right next to some ruins of a replica of the ship Margaret that brought the original 38 settlers from England. Berkeley Plantation is available for tours. Learn more about the plantation here and here According to Wikipedia, the first Thanksgiving was held at Berkeley Plantation a full year before the Pilgrims came across on the Mayflower. Next down the river is Westover. The main house is pictured to the left. Westover was built in the early 1700's by William Byrd, the founder of Richmond. Learn more here. A little more paddling down the river and we reached our destination, Lawrence Lewis Jr. park. There isn't a landing at Lawrence Lewis, but there's a parking lot for a dock right by the water, so we were able to just pull our boats up over some rocks and right to the parking lot. Ahead of us lies one more river crossing as we cross from river left to river right. We plan to stay on river right all the way down to the James River bridge and utilize landings on river right the whole way down. Fortunately, this last crossing comes before the river gets miles wide.