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Re: Headed North...

Gary,

Thank you for taking me along on your wonderful adventure. It helped me get through our long Maine winter.

Congratulations!

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Re: Headed North...

I'll bet that after you're rested, you'll want to do it again instead of feeling too old for it.

You'll probably sail down on the outside, too.
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Re: Headed North...

Welcome home, Gary - well done...

One thing I'd suggest, is please don't rule out doing it again next year, or at sometime in the future... I think if you could enlist others to accompany you along the way as crew, you'd find it would make that trip FAR less of an ordeal than it can be doing it singlehanded. You no doubt appreciated that, having done some of it with Melissa aboard, that sounded like it turned that leg into a genuine pleasure, instead of the sort of forced march that motoring down the waterway day after day can easily become...

I generally prefer to go it alone, but usually being in a hurry and on a schedule, that's the exception... Plus, I've been doing it that way for so long, I'm simply accustomed to it... But, don't let the toughness of your return trip deter you in the future, the weather over the past 6 weeks or so along the ICW has been highly unusual, one of the worst months of March in recent memory... Push back your return date another month or more, it would likely be a whole different ballgaime... Once the prevailing onshore/southerly quadrant winds start to settle in, coupled with the much longer days in the spring, the trip back north is generally quite pleasurable, and usually easier to complete within a given time frame, than it is in the fall...

In addition, if you can manage to spare the time and dial the pace back a bit more, getting off the Ditch and exploring a bit can make a HUGE difference... Going out to a spot like Cape Lookout Bight, and relaxing/hanging on the hook for a couple of days, can do wonders in terms of 're-charging your batteries'... The North Carolina sounds afford some wonderful opportunities to explore, getting off the ICW route and to a spot like Ocracoke can really enhance the trip, and transform it from being just a delivery, into a real cruise...

Anyway, just food for thought... Enjoy your summer on the bay, but please take the time to mull over the possibility of trying it again in a more relaxed fashion, and speak to friends or folks you might meet about the possibility about coming along for the ride...

And, of course, I'm sure you'd find no shortage of willing volunteers right here on Sailnet, willing to be recruited...

In either case, glad to hear you plan to return to the Keys next winter, it's a wonderful place...

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Re: Headed North...

Thanks for the great comments, everyone. I'm headed up to the boat to clear out all the gear, refill the gas tank, and meet with the marina owners to set up a date for their summer party where I'm their entertainer.

Sure felt good to sleep in that Sleep Number bed last night,

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Thanks for letting us tag along...
As a newbie I enjoyed the read and the pics as well.
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Re: Headed North...

has the land stopped moving yet?
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Re: Headed North...

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has the land stopped moving yet?
Funny you should mention that. I walked down the dock today and darned near fell into the water. I must have looked like someone after a week-long drinking spree. Driving the car after six months was a little unnerving for the first 30 miles or so, but that was mainly because I was no longer accustomed to whackos that consider stop signs and red lights nothing more than suggestions.

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Re: Headed North...

Gary, Never give up, we all, at least those of us who are getting up there, have those same feelings after a long pleasurable but difficult sail, especially on the return leg. You sounded so very positive going south and have inspired so many of us who have not had the time or funds to take on such an adventure. You are still an inspiration to those who are thought to be members of the Over The Hill Gang. My money is on you Gary, you will sail south again. Your are still that same person who headed south on the beginning leg.

Had a very good friend years ago who is no longer with us. He was 84 when we met him in 1987, still single handed to Mexico and the Bahamas until he was in his mid 90's. His wife would fly down to meet him. What an amazing fellow Avery Katz was. He told me that he too saw that aging old fart in the mirror after each voyage.

Would hope to still, some day, experience that which yon have accomplished. Thank You Gary for sharing with us all.
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Welcome home, Gary! We really enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to seeing you again at the Rendevous. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us.

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Re: Headed North...

Gary, I don't know about you, but it seems really odd that drinking seems to cure sea legs.?Hmmm, lol. glad you made it back and thanks for sharing your voyage and pictures. CaptG
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