For some reason we couldn’t sleep last night. Both of us tossed and turned. Perhaps it was the fact that we had to do a 20 mile day today and worried about how Jim’s foot would hold up.
Our buddy, Gary LeVeille, met us at the motel at 0800 hrs. with egg mcmuffins, hash browns, and coffee. It hit the spot. By 0830 hrs. we were dragging the yaks through thick grayish black mud along the shore at low tide. Somehow Jim was able to get inside his boat without getting his injured foot wet. With a wave goodbye we set off.
The scenery along this stretch reminded us of the paddling in the panhandle. Lots of flatlands and sawgrass.
We had our closest encounter with a dolphin today too. This one was very curious of our yaks and swam underneath both boats before surfacing on the right then the left of us. So close it made us a little uncomfortable.
Around 1030 hrs. the flood tide caught up with us and our speed increased to 4.5 to 5 mph. That made a big difference. We landed at the Palm Valley Road Bridge. Gus was there to pick us up. Yea!
Tomorrow is another day. We are probably going to do another long day while the tide table is favorable.
Marc and Jim
Note- Marc’s SPOT device failed to send an end of day ping from Palm Valley Bridge and shut off automatically. New batteries may be in order.
Also, Jim forgot to turn off his InReach. Thus the crazy track.