Ongoing –– not to say endless –– coverage of the human-powered adventure race in which my favorite skipper (AKA TwoBeers) and Moresailesed (Jahn Tihansky) are endeavoring to circumnavigate Florida...
My drive to Key Largo via state-maintained roads was longish but uneventful, and after an assist from Jim Signor (Hi Jim!) to obtain more nautical scavenger-hunt items (80 feet of 1/4 inch Yale Lite line -- any color! one pair of men's 9.5 regular boating shoes -- Musto or Sperry if possible!), I arrived at what is the finish line for nearly every other WaterTribe racer, The Pelican Resort.
It's a bit confusing that while Moresailesed and TwoBeers started with a gang of boats, and are speeding down the left coast of Florida among that fleet, they are in fact not racing in the Everglades Challenge. So they are not –– technically –– part of the Everglades Challenge... I'm not sure why, but dems da rules.
If sailboat racing tells you nothing else, it shows you that rules are both random and the only thing standing between ourselves and screaming chaos.
Despite its glitches, we stuck with SPOT as the personal locator device. In for a penny, in for a couple hundred clams...but it's hard on the watchers of this kind of event to have three-hour gaps in coverage. The SPOT tracker is supposed to "ping" every half hour.
As brother Paulie texted, "SPOT is on a smoking break." Or I think it was Paulie. SOMEbody texted it.
So our intrepid Spawonauts came ashore at 3:15 –– or 15:15 military style. They proclaimed it the worst conditions they've seen in their six years of making this trip. Fierce wind, pounding waves. BUT, they did get some sleep, not just camping out in their tent, but taking watches and sleeping on deck in their cool sleeping bags.
They even at an actual meal while camping (a MRE chili, which evidently packed a bit of a kick. I pat myself on my provisioning back for that!).
After hosing off the boat and all their gear, changing batteries and whatnot, they were ready for a meal and a good night's sleep in a non-rocking bed.
We're off to Mrs. Mac's for a burger, and to Jim and Sheryl Signor's to avail ourselves of the laundry, and then crash for a bit...
3/7/2022 06:10:20 pm
Hope you got a good meal at Mrs. Mac's! Maybe some Konk fritters and a beer.
3/8/2022 01:08:32 pm
Fishwiches for the boys, but our friend Jim ordered the Pizza Fries. Whoa Nelly!
3/7/2022 07:42:27 pm
Congrats on Leg one completion! four (?) more to go!
3/8/2022 01:09:10 pm
Creativity style points -- Champers or no. Hope all is great!
Safe scoot to Ft Clinch
3/8/2022 07:47:36 am
Hoping the lads can gobble up the miles and while doing so also somehow 'recharge their batteries'. Thank you for the wonderful coverage !
3/8/2022 01:09:38 pm
From your lips to God's ears! I hope so too!
3/8/2022 09:43:20 am
Looking good, if you stay inside going north keep your head on a swivel, lots of traffic. Look forward to your progress with spot.
3/8/2022 01:09:55 pm
john w mcnally
3/8/2022 04:16:35 pm
WHATS THE FINAL DESTINATION?
3/8/2022 04:25:21 pm
Nice job Amy!!! Thoroughly enjoying the details !
3/13/2022 09:49:25 pm
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