We Did It!

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Gus Presenting our Finishing T-Shirts

We launched today at about 1120 hrs. from the Fernandina Beach Harbor Ramp. The outgoing tide was ripping. Our kayaks ended up traveling about 6 mph in the moderate chop of the channel. Appropriate for the last day.

Before we knew it, we were at Fort Clinch and heading for the 14th Street ramp. Our friends and family lined the way and gave up a mighty cheer as we took our last paddle strokes.

Success! Our 1515 mile circumnavigation complete.

Afterwards, we enjoyed food, beverages, and camaraderie. Three other veterans of the trail showed up- Gus Bianchi, Carl Anderson, and Ian Brown. We had a great time talking with them and comparing trail notes.

Gus presented us with “Florida Circumnavigational Paddling Trail Completed” T-Shirts at the end. What a wonderful surprise.

Now it’s time to celebrate. Here’s our after paddle party song! (Thanks Jason).

Stay tuned for more updates and summaries in the days to come.

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CT Finishers Club (L/R) Marc, Carl Anderson, Jim, Ian Brown, Gus Bianchi

Special Thanks

We appreciate the generous hospitality of the Hampton Inn and Suites of Amelia Island for hosting our entire team during the finish. The facility is wonderful and the staff top notch. They took care of us the entire time we were there.

Advance Around,

Jim and Marc

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25 Responses to We Did It!

  1. Patsy W. Kanagy says:

    It is three days forward from your accomplishment of a worthy goal! So happy to be a part of the finish of your mission. You two are and what a support team Carol and Kim are. You are so fortunate to have them in your lives as I am sure you know. Wondering what you are doing this week.. No planning, no wondering what the day will bring. Decompression must be lonely!! Thinking about you and wishing you happy endings. Patsy

  2. Debbi Clifford says:

    Hi guys…Congrats!!! Such an amazing accomplishment, you should write a book about the adventure…or at least go on a ‘lecture tour’ … we’ll be happy to host you at LaLutra! Wishing you both all the best in whatever the next adventure brings.
    Debbi

  3. Thanks Maryellen!!… Heading to Dr this morning for follow…. Had to check weather and tides…. For some reason!
    Marc and I may need a trip to decompress from…. Our trip?!?!

  4. Maryellen self says:

    Woo hoo!!! You 2guys are now in an elite group of adventurers/paddlers and you so deserve it all the kudos and accolades!!! Way to go, you 2guys! I had no doubt from the beginning that you could, you would end this trip in success! What a pleasure to follow along vicariously through your blogs, pictures, bios, twitter, and YouTube! Made my cold and dreary winter bearable!!!! Oh, now that it is March, we are having our biggest ice and snow storm. Can’t even get to work today!
    Again, thanks for being yourselves and allowing a fellow paddler follow along in your journey and making my trip to the Keys an outstanding and memorable trip by getting to meet you 2guys in Little Torch Key! Enjoy your long-awaited and much-needed rest! And, Jim, take care of that foot for your future adventures! You 2guys are awesome!!!! Congratulations on a job well done!

  5. Shawn Caldwell says:

    I’m SOOO IMPRESSED!!! Congratulations guys!!

  6. Ralf Linker says:

    Congrats to you for the completion of your journey! We will miss your messages and adventures as we followed your trip along. Would be happy to meet you at some point here in Bavaria. Maybe a next adventure in Germany? Best wishes
    Silvia, Fredi and Ralf

  7. Anita says:

    Congratulations!! It’s an amazing achievement. Enjoy a long winter’s nap. 🙂

  8. Gordon Lyman says:

    CONGRATS! This was really something and you both were amazing to not only have this adventure but to keep us all entertained at the same time. I’m toasting your success tonight.

  9. Dennis says:

    BIG DADDY Marc!! I had an ear to ear smile when I was talking with you today! It was such fun following along with you both. So happy for you that all went pretty smoothly. It sounds like Kim kicked some butt as well and I am sure she is excited to have you back. Time to shake off the sea legs and rejoin us Landlubbers. Bud Lite w/lime all around! Oh wait….maybe that’s just me. Now it’s “Advance North” and rest up.

  10. Don Conner says:

    COATULATIONS!!! What a adventure, and I have enjoyed following your travels all the way. Its hard to believe that what you have accomplished is something that very few have done before. Enjoy the time with friends and family. GOD Bless you both

  11. Cynthia Britz says:

    So excited for your finish! Matt and I are working a CIAA party. Enjoy the spoils of your achievement!

  12. Glad you made it on schedule but the photos looks like it isn’t all that warm?? Take care of the foot also and looking forward to the photos. BG

  13. Congratulations to two of the best friends and coworkers I have ever known. What an accomplishment for you both. Linda and I were happy for our small part in your long trip and know you will always cherish these memories. Well done! Buddy & Linda Morgan

  14. Mandy says:

    Great job guys! Hope you are enjoying some well deserved rest. What a huge feat!

  15. Tara Moore says:

    A wonderful adventure! I have enjoyed following your success through the emails. What’s next?

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