Newport and Repairs
Well, the journey has been long and at times arduous. As a result, my boat is in a world of hurt and I am happy to have safely arrived in Newport. The last two days paddling saw fog so thick I could barely see 100 feet in front of me. The soup caused me to paddle the shoreline in order to not get lost. Yesterday morning as I was loading the boat the surf ripped the rear boat hatch off of it's tether. So, since I had thought about this day for a while, a make shift hatch cover was erected using a large plastic bag and rope. I had been planning on acquiring spare hatch covers but had procrastinated doing so. Needless to say, the final 17 miles paddling into port were a little worrisome knowing a plastic bag was all that kept surf and waves from entering the boat.
My good friends Herb and Cindy have put me up at their place and I had the opportunity to pull all my gear out and wash the accumulated sand away. Tomorrow I will begin the process of fiberglass repair on the boat, fixing the great deal of damage that has taken its toll on the underside of the Yak. The good folks at The Kayak Center helped me get a hatch cover that will hopefully hold me until I can have NDK covers shipped up from NC.
After a few days of rest and repair I will begin the final leg pushing north. I still have some big challenges in front of me and the first one up will be rounding the Cape. I will look for good weather and calm seas before beginning the 17 mile stretch up to the tip and sheltered waters that lie beyond.
Over the next couple of days I hope to get some more posts up as well as some of my latest thoughts on gear, kayak camping, and the nutritional/energy challenges that I have faced. As always, I am so grateful to all that have helped and supported my journey. Moving forward, you will notice the sale of Fine-Art prints as a mechanism to help support my efforts. I hope you will take some time, peruse the galleries, and if at all possible, make a small purchase to help me out.
Peace & Love,