|Deb launching at Belle Isle Marina - Restart!|
It took Chris and me five days to drive from Maine to South Carolina, because we stopped along the way to spend time with children, grandchildren, friends and my mother. When I had packed in Maine, it was still hot summer weather. After I had packed 15 pounds of clothing, I went back and took out 3 pounds of cold weather clothing. I was heading south. No need for a jacket and other warm clothes, Wrong! A sudden cold snap is leaving me chilly on land. I'll need to head south more quickly!
A day spent boosting my granddaughter up into higher and higher trees did a number on my lower back. I was wondering if I really should be restarting the expedition. Maybe my body is too old for this abuse. But then I went to a breakfast sponsored by a retirement community who was trying to recruit my 91 year old mother, who is still living happily on her own. Dorothy, a spry 95 year old resident, got up and said that when your body hurts you have two options. You can just sit down and relax and die. Or you can keep moving and stay active and live a long and full life. Dorothy inspired me to keep going, just like the mothers and children at Safe Passage inspire me to match their grit and determination.
|Dorothy inspired me|
Fortunately, today's paddle was a short one. Being tossed around by the breaking waves, I listened to the thunder and hoped for boats taller than me to attract the lightening. I was highly motivated to quickly knock off five miles with a strong following current. I ended at an interesting swinging boat ferry that goes over to an island owned by the family of the previous owner of the Red Sox.
|Chris welcomed me at the boat ramp|
Date: September 24, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 1
Start location: Belle Isle Marina, South Carolina Launch time: 8:50 am
End location: South Island Boat Ramp Land time: 10:00 am
Average speed: 4.7 mph Max Speed: 6.5 mph
Total expedition miles: 1513
Kayak Storage: top of our car
Hosts: the good folks in Georgetown who arranged Mary Torgorson's condo for us