|Joey in his carbon Petrel Play|
I was so excited that Joey could paddle with me. He's the amazing kayak builder who took my 16 year old Chesapeake 18 and turned it into the perfect expedition kayak that fits me like a glove. It was fun seeing Joey paddle his carbon Petrel Play. Very wicked looking boat, but the flat water we were paddling didn't allow it to show off how it performs in the surf. I've got to try it sometime.
|Sharon Sugden powering along|
A high point of the day, was also a low point. Joey spotted my host, Art, under our first bridge. Art was manning the controls of his drone, making it fly out over the water with a payload of a camera, taking video of us kayaking along. We had been zooming along with the current, but turned back to head over towards Art.
|The drone shows up well under the bridge|
|Art and Deb searching for the camera|
This will be the last paddling day for a while, as I head back north to receive the Rotary Global Women of Action award at the UN. I'll stay north until Thanksgiving, to attend the memorial service for John Nicholson, my daughter-in-law's father, who just died. John was a wonderful man. I loved watching him with his grandchildren, and realized what an awesome father he must have been. We were fortunate to spend many family occasions together, where we could always count on John providing interesting conversation. He will be missed by so many.
- Having two superior kayakers to spend the miles with
- Stopping for a lunch break - a first for this trip
- Currents going with us much of the day
- The drone
- Pat Ellis lending me a suitcase to fly home
Date: November 2, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 18
Start location: Ferandina Beach, FL Launch time: 9:00 am
End location: Jacksonville Land time: 3:33 pm
Average speed: 3.5 mph Max Speed: 5.4 mph
Total expedition miles with kayak: 1909 Motor-portage miles: 397
Kayak Storage: Joey Schott
Hosts: Pat Ellis