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We've cast off

Hello again everyone. Just thought I'd let my old friends know we cast off last Monday for points south (eventually). Have to go north around Michigan to Chicago due to the closure of the Erie canal.

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Best of luck... Bon Voyage!

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Best wishes also. Did you make a decision on the mast?

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True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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To carry or not to carry, that is the question.

We're hoping to find several others to share trucking costs for the mast. If not, we're not sure what we'll decide. We have several weeks...



Fresh video should be loaded this evening, barring technical difficulties.
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Did you happen to get the guide book for the trip down from Paduch to Mobile? Pricey, but the copy I have (on loan or I'd mail it to you) was very detailed. This is it: Amazon.com: Tennessee river, ten-tom waterway: Books

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Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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I have a guy in Chicago with all the charts & all the books including that one
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If I get out of here this fall (fingers crossed), I look forward to meeting up, somewhere down south.

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True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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Let the adventure begin! Fair winds, Xort.

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Posted 2 new videos to the blog today.

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We're turning the corner at Mackinaw City tomorrow morning & FINALLY heading south...down Lake Michigan. Looking to make a 36 hour run to Holland. Should be good weather, altho 40's overnight!
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