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Bicycle Trip 1999
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04/12  Most boring trip ever?
04/13  Muddy Pecatonica
04/14  Say Yes to Drugs
04/15  Add a little Sugar and Rock
04/16  Worst campsite ever.
04/21  Island Of Honking Geese
04/22  Hennepin Feeder Canal
04/23  Locks, sand and muck
04/28  Henry
04/30  No Current on Peoria Lake
05/01  Industry and Locks
05/02  Rain and Eagles
05/04  Half-Way on the Illinois
05/05  Medium-Rare Meatloaf
05/06  Always Pepsi-Cola
05/08  Onto the Mississippi
05/09  St. Louis
05/10  Short Day
05/12  Barge Full of Rocks
05/13  Between Green and Red
05/14  Now comes the hard part
05/15  Metropolis
05/18  Tennessee River
05/19  No Lock For You
05/20  Snakes
05/21  New Johnsonville
05/25  Day of the Mayflies
05/26  Look, Another Cliff
05/27  Rotund Sunburns
05/28  Free Heron
05/30  Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
05/31  Bay Springs Lake
06/01  Locks are for the Patient
06/02  Tombigbee
06/06  Bamboo and Palmettos
06/07  Dry in AlaBAMa
06/08  Cutting Corners
06/09  Another day on the river
06/10  Demopolis
06/15  Hardest Portage Ever
06/16  Hot Rocky Beaches
06/17  First Alligator
06/18  Last Dam
06/19  Tide
06/20  Trashy Beaches
06/21  Just paddling down Interstate 10
06/27  Salty
06/28  Intracoastal Waterway
06/29  Come Sail Away
06/30  Peddling Along
07/01  Panama City
07/07  The Gulf of Mexico
07/08  Peacocks by the Sea
07/11  No Wind
07/12  Actually Sailing
07/13  Tacking
07/14  Steinhatchee
07/19  As sudden as ever
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The Gulf of Mexico


tl;dr: I'm finally sailing on The Gulf of Mexico. After a hard portage. Because the map changed. Look, jellyfish.

I didn't pay close attention to the map. Or, at least, the correct map. After leaving Panama City, instead of exiting through the channel, I stayed inland until I ran out of water. So I had to pull my kayak over nearly 300 yards of what used to be a channel near Shell Island to the ocean. And I thought I was finished with portages. It turns out this new kayak is heavy. So heavy that I cannot drag it unless I unload most of my gear first. I had to make several trips across that strip of sand.

I'm finally sailing in The Gulf of Mexico.

I spotted more dolphins. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of them. I also saw some jellyfish. About a thousand. All day long.

The wind was out of the south. For the most part I traveled south. I got very little use out of my sail. Peddle, peddle, peddle all day long. For whatever reason there are mats of vegetation floating in the gulf. These get tangled up in my rudder constantly. I still don't think I'm enjoying sailing.

I stopped early on St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, because I could see houses ahead, and I knew that once I hit the houses I wouldn't find camping again for many miles, if at all. I checked the beach for walkers. Then I retreated back into the dunes to strip off my salt-soaked clothes. That's when a group of kids appeared from the dunes behind me. I have no idea how they got back there. It's very thick. Unsurprisingly, they gave me a wide berth and headed back up the beach.

sea turtle

shallow seagrass


tow boat


Shell Island...er...Peninsula




good night St Josephs Peninsula State Park

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