|Sunrise at Baffle Point|
53.42 Miles Traveled Today
274 Total Miles Cruised
We were underway at dawn. We were nervous. We had a long way to go and had no idea how long it would take or what kind of traffic we would encounter. And we were on our own...
So many people talk about how stressful the ICW can be with the barge traffic being what it is. Today, we were lucky... We ducked into the ICW at one of it's most busy and congested spots, with little sign of it. Being the Early Bird has it's advantages.
We motored along into light winds on the nose... it seems they're always on the nose... We left the sail cover off in hopes that we would get some sail time in, but it didn't happen.
We took turns at the helm and I kept a close eye on my navigation apps. You've gotta love Active Captain for giving the heads up at possible problem spots. What a feeling of comfort to be able to look ahead and check out what's up there.
|The Barges push more load in these parts|
We scan the channels constantly, but most of the chatter is on channel 13. That's where the Barge Captains hang out. I love the relaxed protocol on 13. There's no repeat the boat name three times, then your own boat name, wait to switch to channel 68 or wherever... just hail and spit it out.
There was one exchange between us and two opposing barges, loaded double wide and stacked deep approaching a curve... We did as we were asked and were respectful and after it was done, the oncoming Captain thanked us for being cooperative. My confidence swelled as we exchanged pleasantries and went on our separate ways.
|We have the world to ourselves...|
repellant brew, but our hopes were dashed! Just as we got settled and comfortable, the clouds of scrawny hungry mosquitos gathered around us. Even Bruce was not immune to their voraciousness. I kind of felt bad that they had so little to eat out here. Made me almost want to give 'em a little taste... Glad we didn't, because a good number of the little buggers came into the boat and plagued my night!
We were forced down below, which wasn't a bad thing. I was hungry anyway, it was long past MY dinnertime! We threw together some Frito Pie and enjoyed the disconnect time. The waters were calm and flat and we were in bed by 7:30. I think our sleep patterns are going to be very confused.