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.
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.
Jim and Marc