It took until 1.30pm to get on the water after organising the phone and then taking a short cut. It is 10km from Bud’s place to the end of the peninsula and it is about 500m from his place to the north side of the peninsula. No contest there, on went the wheels and I set off in about 30 degrees. It was hot and sweaty but out on the water things cooled down as the breeze picked up.
About 2.30pm it was on again, full blast with lots of waves, lots of slewing right and paddling hard with the right blade. The waves increased to chest height so I kept my paddle in my hand and did not relax. The water was shallow a lot of the way with fish poles and nets up to 2km further out than me so there were lots of breaking waves.
I missed the finish by going too far but was an hour early. Cell phones don’t work there so a kindly couple allowed me to pull out of the water at their place and call Julianne with a new pick up point. There were lots of pine needles on the ground so I lay down and closed my eyes while I waited. The day had been short but a mad dash through breaking waves and the rest was welcome.
Back at Bud’s, Charley informed me that Charlie is no name for a dog so please excuse my spelling yesterday. Also Cathie corrected me with her spelling. Seems like I got Bud right though. Phew, one out of three.
Stevie boy got wet
way out in the Chesapeake sound
and I take a bet
he only went half way around
when the kayak rolled over
what’s the matter old rover
never heard of the Eskimo roll ?
do 360 degrees and have a ball.
So next time you venture
in a 20 knot breeze
with all sails set
eating your sandwich with cheese
if the wind comes from starboard
lift up your arse
point it in its direction and let go
so to equalise the flow.
Back on the water early the goal was to cross the Potomac. No worries there. The strong breeze had not come up so it was a very pleasant paddle, although hot with sweat running down my cheeks, all the way up the shore and across to the north side.
I stopped to check with a guy mowing his lawn before crossing. His name was Dan and he knew the bay and the distances so that was a relief. He was also firmly of the opinion that climate change has been invented by the scientists to get funding from the government. Nothing will change his view on that.
Total on the log before heading to New York for a few days R&R is 3462.1km