We Did It!

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.

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.

  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!!

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