South to East
I have now successfully paddled from the southern most point of the US in Key West FL to the Eastern Most Point, Lubec Maine. I completed this by paddling more than 80% of the time in the Atlantic Ocean. It was truly an epic paddle for me and a journey that I will never forget. Over the weeks I will have much to write about, but for now, I wanted to stop and say thanks to all of my Family and friends that have given me such unconditional love and support. I would also not have made it were it not for the amazing people I have met along the way. Many of whom opened their homes and families to helping me out, a complete stranger paddling a simple kayak and living a simple life.
This journey has once again taught me that kindness and love triumphs over everything else. That loving even those that would do us harm is the only way to confront conflict, for there is no other path. I am truly blessed to have had this experience, and to have learned these lessons. No one is perfect, we all have made mistakes. The true test is how we live our lives at this moment, for it is only in the Now that we have any control whatsoever. The past, good or bad, can never be changed and the future is nothing more than the path we create from each and every moment we live now.
I am now forced to take a break due to a complete breakdown of my entire body and most especially my fore-arm. Almost 6 months of paddling in big ocean water has worn me down to the point that I worry it is no longer safe to continue in the harsh waters of Nova Scotia. At this point I will rest a bit, seek some treatment, and evaluate my options before making a final decision next week.
Peace & Love