|Paddling towards the Windsor Bridge on the Connecticut River in Vermont|
Another challenge is the strong tidal currents in the South Carolina, and especially the Georgia. I had my route planned with dates. When I looked at the tide charts for those dates, I realized I needed to readjust the dates so that I wouldn't have to paddle in the dark.
But my real worry is if my body is ready for this. On Tuesday I canoed with Chris and Kathy and Joe Ginette for 14 miles on the Connecticut River in Vermont. It was a lovely trip and I was paddling with Chris, so only had to apply part of the propulsion force. The strong current most of the way meant it was only three hours of easy paddling. But after just this little exertion, my neck was painful.
Today I'm heading out for a three hour kayak on Unity Pond. It's a 15 mile circuit if I hug the shores. If I can do that in my little Tempest kayak, I'll try out the expedition kayak with a camping loop out along the Maine Island Trail Association islands near me. If that works out, I'll try my new Innova inflatable Helios II kayak in the surf, as I hope to use it for the Caribbean leg. If that's good, I'll do a MITA camping circuit with the Helios II. Yikes! Lots ot do. I better get going. Wish me luck!