Start: 6:30 AM - Cape Romain, SC
Finish: 3:30 PM - Heritage Plantation Marina (near Pawleys Island, SC0
Daily dist: 35 miles
Total dist: 2700+ miles
Weather: Sunny, very windy, warm
Notes: Big winds were being predicted so I decided to come back inside to the ICW
Luck was with me (or call it magic trip carma) and the gentleman on the dock was the dock master and he said for me it'd be free. More to the point I could put my tent up on the far side of the parking lot. I quickly landed on the adjacent boat ramp and introduced (and explained) myself and this trip. The dockmaster (Ronnie Ham) helped me get my boat out of the water and as I pulled my gear out he returned to the marina office to attend to his work. A few minutes later he re-appeared and asked if I'd be interested in coming home to spend the night with him and his wife rather than fuss with my tent. I couldn't believe my luck and quickly accepted his offer.
It turns out that Ronnie and his wife Sylvia had lived on their sail boat for almost seven years. They are very grateful for all the help they've received in the past and love to take advantage of opportunities to help folks out themselves. Over dinner (cheeseburgers!) we talked about their past cruising days and watched the Kentucky Derby on TV. Afterward I took advantage of a bit of civilization and Ronnie's computer to get my head around the next few days of travel on the ICW. Consequently it's already late and I have to keep this post short. As it is my own computer, once agian, has no solid internet connection, consequently there are no pictures right now.
I'll be around lots of populated areas over the next few days so I hope to finally have a good connection on my computer and get the blog up to date. For now I'm off to bed to rest up for a long run north on the ICW tomorrow. With a good tailwind and favorable tide flows it should be a good day.