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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Trip Canceled



After investing a lot of time, money and effort on my sailing trip, I've decided I have to cancel it. The straw that broke the camel's back is the storm damage in the Carolinas.

Reports coming in from the Atlantic Intra Coastal Waterway are mixed. Some marinas were destroyed. Others survived the storm surge in good shape. I'm told the waterway is passable. Even so, many larger boats plan to sail outside in the open Atlantic to avoid problems.

While I could probably get my boat through the waterway, it would not be the trip I planned. A lot of the attraction of doing such a trip would have been all the interesting stops along the way. I have doubts about many of the places being ready for tourists. My experience in the Keys last winter revealed that a lot of businesses were out of order. In fact, there are places that still have not recovered.

When I let slip that I might be sticking around there was a lot of encouragement to do so. People have been good about supporting me, but really like the idea of my being around this fall. Since my travels are all self funded, it's totally my own decision. There will be other adventures. I'm thinking of maybe doing the same trip in the spring, but reversed, from the south to the north.

One final consideration: the hurricane season is far from over.

-Sixbears

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    1. Wise yes, but not as interesting.

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    2. So plan a new adventure or pick up some winter projects that can be done, ready for spring.

      You are a resourceful person - something will come up.

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    3. There's always something interesting to do.

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  2. Perhaps next year. I know the goal was to get to FL to overwinter in warmer climes more amenable to your injured lungs. But a south to north trip starting in the spring provides a better weather window for a slow moving small sailboat. Perhaps another land based trip this time to the south west might be in order. I've seen quite a few serviceable retired ambulances and vans available reasonably on CL recently.

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    1. Things are up in the air right now. I'm going to take care of the homestead for a bit and mull things over.

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  3. A man has to do what a man has to do. I think you made the right decision.

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    1. Thanks Dizzy. I questioned my decision for a bit, but feel better about it now. Of course, the flooding is still going and communities are cut off and running out of supplies. That's the real story. My little fun trip can wait.

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  4. I know the decision couldn't have been an easy one, but at least you have a long time to plan the next adventure.

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    1. I'm always looking for the next adventure. This might just have to be the year when adventures are closer to home.

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