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Old 11-07-2012
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

up late- or realy early, depends how you look at it.
Fell asleep listening to the election on the radio.
woke up and the fire in the wood stove was down to embers. Stoked it up good, gotta' keep my peep's warm and healthy.
The dinghy repair worked like a charm,good ol' 3m 5200 luv that stuff. Oh, and to be clear I have 2 dinghies one is a hard dinghy 8' (the former lleaker) and the other is the Deflatable, it's like new (or was when I packed it b-4 we left NY) I haven't even inflated the Deflatable yet, been using the leaker. I'm planning on registering the Deflatable in Fl. so I can legaly run the 3.5 johnson on it when in the warm water. that's why I'm using the oars for now. Don't want to make any donations to the justice system along the way, so I row for now and leave the motor on the rail.
The -new to me- mainsail hoisted great after I installed 15-20 cringles and the sliders. Unfortunately it has no reef points,yet.
If I get back to Bacon's in the next day or so, I'll get what I need to add one or two reef points. I need a couple battens as well.
My Coat fits great and will keep me warm and dry, adding to the comfort level muchly,and reducing fatigue and stress, making it alll good.
Today the first best mate baked chocolate cookies w/ assistence from our cabin girl "Marina" and I busied myself doing maint/cleanup on deck.
Then, I couldn't help but take the now non-leaking dinghy for a run. What a joy it is to row and not have to bail between strokes w/ wet cold feet.The crew is very pleased w/ the possibilities.
On my dinghy joyride I visited/pestered the neighbors on their cool panda 40 near me , they are getting ready to split fri as well (after the storm passes) they said they have a car and asked if I needed to go to the grocery.
Of course I'm always up for a grocery run, as it is one of the few times I'm almost not sad about opening the vault.
I really dig food, itls so comforting.
So, we'll all be shopping a bit later.
Also, while on my row I went ashore to stretch my legs and found a place that sells firewood. I think I startled the lady in the house when I knocked as it was dusk,and folks here in Annapolis seem a bit leary of me when I don't have the crew w/me to "soften the appearance" as #1 put's it.
After I assured the lady I was only there to inquire about the firewood for sale, she gave me the phone number to call in the morning to set up a firewood pick-up (guess I shoulda' combed my hair/beard b-4 knockin'). Nothing like good aged dried split hardwood to burn.beats the driftwood/fallen stuff.
So, If I don't have to get a snow shovel to clear the deck we should be off on our way again friday.

Stay warm- thanks for listenin'
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