Start: 6:30 AM- Beach Haven, NJ
Finish: 11:00 AM - Barnegat, NJ
Daily dist: 20 miles
Total dist: 3550 miles
Weather: Rain and east wind 5-10+ but partly sunny by noon
Notes: A short day of paddling followed by a tour of the town and wonderful visit with fantastic people. Paul and Bernice Teare
By 11:00 twenty short miles after I got started I paddled right up to the vacation home of Paul and Bernice Teare in Barnegat, NJ. Paul and Bernice are the parents of Brian who is a co-worker of my friend Neil down in Miami. You gotta love how connections through friends can help you find a nice place to stay and wonderful people to visit on a trip like this.
From the lighthouse we went to the old one room school that’s been converted to a historical museum to see the original Fresnel lens that used to be in the lighthouse. When the folks there learned about my trip they were quite impressed and put my name in the daily log as a “celebrity” visitor. One of the museum guides suggested we stop by a gentleman’s house on the way home to see the wooden kayak he had built. We indeed did stop and met Merrill Thin who showed us the beautiful cedar wood strip kayak he’d built over the fall and winter.
We ended our tour back at the house where we enjoyed great conversation and a wonderful pork loin dinner prepared by Bernice.