Tue 21/08-2018 Day 273

Pos: 57.1881,-158.4610
Loc: 40 km north of PH
Acc: Hilleberg Keron 4 tent
Dist: 39,9 km
Start: 08:20 End: 15:45

lumpy bumpy water

While fiddling with pulling out my rudder blade with the kayak afloat, I really managed to get my cockpit full of water on a basically dead calm shore…no big deal, pumping…! I sneaked past Port Heiden unnoticed, no one was on shore, no houses visible from the water. I almost paddled into a dead end past those five huge poles in the water, but noticed in time. No boat ramp to be seen, I only spotted one boat across my campsite in that lagoon, on low tide stuck in the mud. Port Heiden doesn’t look like they live on fishing…

The morning seas were calm and light following wind, nice paddling! Around noon, two guys on quadbikes drove up the beach, waved at me but didn’t stop. It must be a common sight to see a kayaker here…another guy on a quadbike passed me an hour later, the same…well, I don’t mind NO chat but keep on paddling.

The sea raised with the rising wind and lowering tide, it was basically breaking all along the shore, but with more or less distance. I could mostly paddle between the outer shore break and the coast, that felt much nicer than to think I have to cross over the sand bar at some point… I did it actually three times just for fun and as I rather wanted to paddle inside – it was low surf. But somehow, on small sandy points, I found myself soon outside again. Sometimes I played it wet, and stayed inside even when the breakers hit the shore…all low today, just a funny “minefield” to negotiate. Practicing bracing…

The single quad bike driver came back past me, waving again…I had enough after 40 km, the wind was now blowing 20 knots from west, sounds nice, but the water felt too lumpy for me on the long run – and I still had to land. Not sure how it would look like on the raising tide. I surfed in behind a breaking outer reef, assuming here was the shore break low. With a felt elegant combination of a igh and low brace, I made it safely to the beach.

I just unloaded, when the two quad bike driver from this morning stopped by – what a coincident! Two older native hunting guys with guns chatted friendly but briefly to me before they drove back to Port Heiden. Not really curious about what I am doing here…

I was sick of one patch of my under deck bag hanging lose, as I had no matching glue any more, I simply screwed the whole patch with the clip to my fore deck…this does the job! How easy it was to poke a small screw hole in the layup…

I have plenty of food with me, but the perishable essentials like butter, beef jerky, cheese and crackers I had left at Tony’s boat, assuming I’d stop my trip there …but oh well, I can live without those treats for a while…just wish I’d have some fresh fruit with me! Soon…