Update

Well I got my computer back from the shop. I now have Windows 10 Pro and a loss of data in the reboot.

I have been busy buying equipment I will need for the trip.  I continue with my training runs. Now that the computer is back I can post pictures and video of the runs or parts of them.

I had to buy new ink for my printer and I have printed out a the nautical charts from Key West Fl to Cape May Va.which, is the bottom half of the trip.

Here is the inks to 2 videos crossing Aucoot Cove one from over my shoulder and the other from the deck camera.

 

Enjoy. The wind was from the NE or straight at me and a speed of 15-20 MPH. Chop 2-3 feet. Not a bad situation. Last Tuesday  I was crossing Marion Harbor which is just the other side of the point in front of me. The seas were 3-4 feet with sets of 5-6 feet with white caps.

 

Attention kayakers and clubs on the East Coast

This is an invitation to join me next year on my expedition. You can join me for a few hours, a day, a few days, a week, or a month.

The total trip will be 2000 miles.

The start point will be just west of Halifax Nova Scotia and the finish point will be Key West Florida. I plan on leaving on May 1st, 2017.

I am paddling for Mission 22 to raise awareness that 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide.

I myself am a disabled Veteran. I am training in Buzzards Bay, MA on my days off and run a course that is 37 nM total. I have it down to 6 hours.

I currently have a Wilderness System Pungo 140. I have a GOFUNDME going to raise monies to upgrade my equipment.

I will also be asking for permission to camp in your yard after Maine as I am doing this on my social security retirement pay.

I would appreciate the company on this trip. I would like to learn about the waters in your area and your experiences.

 

Training

I just got back from a 3 day kayak camping trip. Brought 4 days of food and 5 days of water.

After we paddled to the island and set up camp we went out kayaking around the bay and stopped to do some fishing.

Second day we exited the bay into 3-4 foot chop and winds 15-20 MPH for a 2.5 nautical mile paddle down the coast for lunch. The wind and waves were pushing down but the trip back was worse. The seas went to a steady 4 feet and the winds went to 20- 25 gust of 30 mph. I chose a position a half a mile off shore where it was more manageable. Then the tide changed. Now we not only have waves coming head on we have a secondary action coming from the left. We adjusted or course to 10 -15 degrees off wind to conserve energy.

To get back into the narrow inlet we had to time the turn just right to stay stable. The eddies in the inlet were many and moved my kayak easily as it wished. You no sooner get out of one spinning one way to hit the next spinning the opposite. I wish my yak had a rudder to make it easier to control.

 

First blog post

This trip is bring awareness to Mission 22’s cause. To make people aware that 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide.

At this point I am making the trip solo but I would enjoy company along the route from other kayakers. I will have to decide where I should stop to spread the word along the way.

This is my first time raising funds for an organization so I will be talking with Mission 22’s help line allot in the beginning.

I will post picks here and send them to Mission 22 for their site.

Please join me in supporting this cause.