|Deb and Mary (and Donna) Leaving Shipbottom|
It was a decision while I was in the boat starting out, and I didn't look very carefully at the charts. I knew it would be longer, and it added 50% to the day's paddle. I was also starting about 2 hours late, because I was waiting for the small craft advisory to be closer to lifting. It would have been a good day not to paddle, but I need to keep to the schedule since folks are expecting me, and I need to catch my ride from Florida to Belize. I know that bad things happen when I push myself to keep to a schedule. I should have known.
Things started out fun with a huge sendoff from Mary's friends at the dock, and Mary and Donna joining me for a ways.
|Slogging against wind and tide|
I was beat up by the wind and current and pretty much exhausted. It was a long day of paddling.
When I saw the first floating dock, I just pulled up to it. No one was home. Three houses down the street I met Joe, who helped me haul the kayak up. I asked about the route ahead and he called over his neighbor Claire who had just boated the route. Claire showed me a little channel I could use to avoid paddling the turbulent inlet, and also suggested friends of his that I can stay with in Maryland and North Carolina! What a great welcome from strangers!
|Deb's new instant friends Joe and Claire|
Carol took me to her mother's house and Mary feed me a wonderful Italian Sunday dinner, while we were entertained by Carol's 4 year old daughter. Such warm and caring hosts!
|Mary and Deb|
Start: Ship Bottom End: Tuckerton
Distance: 11.7 miles Total distance: 556.13 miles
Max speed: 4.7 mph Moving ave.: 2.8 mph
Kayak storage: Joe's Dock Host: Mary and Carol Trurano