Today was an early day. We awoke around 0530 hrs. in order to make it to the launch site at the Palm Valley Bridge by 0730 hrs. We expect to do another 20 mile day and land at the Sisters creek kayak launch. This is solely because of the tide table and our concern for crossing the St. John’s River. A flood tide begins around 1130 hrs. and we want that rather than an outgoing tide which will carry us towards the ocean.
Jim’s foot injury started draining yesterday. He’s done a good job of keeping it clean, dry, and covered with a gauze pad. The swelling appears to have subsided. Marc helps him launch and land his kayak so the foot stays dry. We haven’t let our guard down and continually monitor it.
After we launched, our friend Gus went kayak fishing near our pick up point. He caught a 32 inch redfish but had to release it since it was too long to keep. Wow! He managed to catch a sea trout too but it was too small to keep.
Marc’s SPOT stopped working yesterday. The Power On button showed a red flashing light which indicates either a self-check hardware fault or low battery problem. He wasn’t able to send a Custom message yesterday upon landing. Funny, the device shut off automatically too.
This morning he installed new batteries and got a green OK light upon turning the unit on. However, none of his OK messages transmitted. The device flashed red again at the end of the day and would not transmit a Custom message. Very frustrating that the unit decides to crap out at mile 1485 of a 1515 mile journey.
He replaced batteries three times afterwards and called SPOT Tech Support. No help. The device now shows a green light upon powering on.
Hopefully it will continue working.
Advance and Ooze Around,
Marc and Jim