Landing Eve


“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”
~David Bowie

The stark reality this adventure is ending tomorrow hit us as we paddled north from the Amelia Island State Park Put In. We began reminiscing. Talking about people we met along the way and the remarkable experiences we shared.

Of course we remembered the good times and the difficult. The big ocean swells and the placid waters. We laughed at some memories and cursed others. We became silent letting it all sink in. Man, what a ride.

We both admit there is part of us that’s ready for this adventure to be over. At the same time a little voice in the back of our head is whispering “You’re going to miss the achy muscles, the adrenalin rush of crashing a kayak through 8 foot sea swells, and looking up on a clear night trying to fathom those billion stars in the sky”.

Tomorrow, we’ll paddle slow and remember it all over again. Heck, from now on, when we climb into the cockpit of a kayak we’ll flashback and remember some moment of this trip. How lucky is that?

As we round the last bend and catch the first glimpse of all our family and friends on shore we’ll know our 1515 mile trek is complete. We will have arrived and departed all at the same time.

Advance Around,

Marc and Jim


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We're two guys who paddled kayaks around Florida.
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34 Responses to Landing Eve

  1. Thanks for following along. It’s been an adventure that’s for sure!

    Sent from my Verizon iPhone4


  2. Thank u …. U kept me going!

  3. Chris Neilson says:

    It’s been a pleasure following the journey, can’t wait to hear the details. Congratulations on amazing adventure! Bloody Mary’s will be patiently waiting at the PYC, my treat!

  4. Dennis says:

    Congratulations you two!! Bittersweet day for you both I am sure. My bet is part of today’s paddling will be spent throwing out ideas for another adventure. I will miss pulling up the location maps and zooming in to see what the days travels have been and the pictures. It has been fun seeing the looks on co-workers faces when I tell them what you guys are doing. So glad Jims foot was a “fixable” problem so close to the end. Hope you have a fantastic last day guys! And thanks for sharing Dennis

  5. Marge says:

    Welcome home.. what a trip. You two are amazing. .thanks for sharing both your adventures and your misadventures. I will really miss your daily blogs…Can hardly wait to see you paddle in today…Marc, you have got to write a book….

  6. Jack says:

    It’s been a great trip. Thanks for having us aboard.

  7. Gary LeVeille says:

    Advance around guys, advance around…thanks for taking us along on this wonderful experience

  8. Ginger says:

    I couldn’t be more proud of both of you. Congratulations on completing your adventure. You brought excitement into every life that followed along in your journey. Enjoy those last few miles! God bless you both.

  9. Paula McCabe says:

    Could you go a little further? I was just starting to really get into it.
    Just kidding! Good job guys! 🙂

  10. Lisa says:

    I am truly disappointed that I wasn’t able to paddle with you at some point in your journey and I wish I could be there tomorrow to welcome you to the finish, but it just isn’t possible! I am both envious and in awe of your accomplishments! I’m sure everyone will be anticipating news of your next great adventure. Congratulations to you both!

    Advance Around

    PS Jim take care of that foot. I still think it was a scorpion sting…..just saying.

  11. JOHN O'HARE says:

    Congratulations on the completion of a memorable voyage my friends! As soon as you get home we’ll go kayaking, yes?!?

  12. doug wright says:

    Congrates guys.. its been fun following the trip.. hope to see you at the finish line!!!

  13. Joe Webb says:

    You stayed the course, well done!
    God bless,
    Joe Webb

  14. Leroy Harmon says:

    JIM and MARK, so glad you have arrived safe and sound. I know you will look back on this adventure and will often wonder if you should try it again, maybe on a different river or lake or trail. Do not forget us here in SUWANNEE. Just bring you families and visit sometime. We would be glad to have you.

  15. Just a congratulations on a trip that was well done. We greatly enjoyed following along. Jim and Marc were household names about our home for months, as we each were anxious to share where you were and how you were doing. Best wishes.

  16. Cynthia Britz says:

    Congratulations for completing the trip and allowing us land lovers to tag along. It’s been an adventure!

  17. Hanna Voleman says:

    What a journey guys! Congrats on finishing tomorrow… I’ll Miss following along….so what’s the Great adventure going to be?”not all WHO wander are lost”…peace& blessings!

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