Start: 5:00 AM - Sturgeon Point, NY (Sturgeon Pt. Marina)
Finish: 1:00 PM - Lake Erie State Park, NY
Daily dist: 25 miles
Total dist: 4000+
Weather: Clear, high in low 90‘s, calm very early then breezy, hazy
Notes: Very, very calm start to the day.
My strategy of early starts to beat the wind worked quite well this morning. Now I’m faced with what to do with the rest of the day when I’m done paddling by 1:00 PM. It wouldn’t be a problem if I was camped somewhere away from civilization but for the next couple of weeks that won’t be the case. State parks and established campgrounds would allow me to set up camp early and laze around for the rest of the day but both cost money. In addition (and more importantly), both private and state campgrounds generally are not worth the trouble involved with securing my kayak and moving my gear up to wherever the camping areas are.
An alternative, which I’m trying today, is to find a comfortable place to hang out during the windiest and hottest part of the day then get back on the water in the early evening to put a few more miles in before “commando” camping on a beach right at dark. When I say “commando” camping I don’t mean I’ll be setting up a tent right in somebody’s back yard. The shore line around here often consists of a cliff with about 100’ of sand and cobble beach below. Most of the homes are perched safely atop the cliff well back from the edge and a tent set up at dark down below would go unnoticed especially if it’s out before dawn which is my plan.