|Leaving the Shark River Inlet|
Chris helped me portage to the closest inlet where I could launch. (Thank goodness for my Yakima roof racks!) Because of the breakwalls, it's possible to get out through the surf more safely at the inlets. Once out in the Atlantic Ocean again it was a dull and dreary day. Fall had arrived. There were no bathers on the beaches. No pleasure boats on the water. The only sign of life was a few surfers.
|Pensive last look at the Atlantic Ocean|
|Entering the Manasquan - past the breakwall as sculpture|
|Bascule bridge being lowered across my path.|
At the marina at the planned end of the day's paddle, it was verified in no uncertain terms that I would not be allowed to kayak through the Point Pleasant canal. Darn! I was hoping to just sneak through.
To catch the favorable currents, I had left the Snake River early in the morning, and it was only 10 in the morning when I had finished my expected route for the day. The forecast for the next day included gusts of 30 knots. After portaging the canal, I decided to take advantage of the calmer weather and do the next day's paddle as well.
|Inside: gray and calm|
|Deb and Merry|
Paddle Day: 41 Date: Sept. 30, 2014
Start: Shark River End: Seaside
Distance: 17.8 miles Total distance: 519.83 miles
Max speed: 7.0 mph Moving ave.: 3.5 mph
Kayak storage: Yakima roof racks Host: Merry and Tom Brennan
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