Day 125 – 133, Friday, 22.05. – Saturday, 30.05 2009

Thank You! Reading about the next leg in Paul Caffyn’s book… Sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria    Carpentaria Seafaris ————————————- Halfway trip holiday   I’ll be back in Darwin on Saturday night, 30th. After another day, Sunday, of getting my gear organized and having done some food shopping, [...]
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Day 124, Thursday, 21.05.2009

::eMDee:: alias Mark Hoffmann and drummer Lukas Bendel, in action   I finished my blogging work and gear checks at 3.30pm, ready to be taken to town by Greg for the last three chores – post office, Telstra shop, Camera shop…thanks for your patience for taking me around! He took me on a short touristic drive as […]
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Day 123, Wednesday, 20.05.2009

Helen, Greg, Bob and Mike greeting me at 7.30am with a late birthday present   I was easily landing on a shallow, flat sandy beach. It was about two hours after high tide, and about 70 m of beach exposed already! This is a tidal range of 8 m…well, it will be 12 meters at some point […]
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Day 122, Tuesday, 19.05.2009 (2.)

not too much of a flattering self portrait at 3am…   (continued from the previous entry…) The uninviting beach made me checking the tide situation again. At 5pm it was less than three hours ebb tide left for Clarence Strait, but the Vernon Islands were only 20 km away. I reckoned the strongest tidal action was in […]
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Day 122, Tuesday, 19.05.2009

A water buffalo, grazing peacefully in the forest close to the beach   I was waking at 4am that morning, thinking about daring to leave this wild animal’s campsite already at a higher tide than it would be later, going more with the ebb. I would have to drag my boat quite a bit to […]
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Day 121, Monday, 18.05.2009

    For the crossing of Dundas Strait I was very much tempted to „take it as it comes“ – means not to care about the tides and launching simply on first daylight as usual. I’m not too good on shifting my biorhythm, rather push a bit well rested against tide or wind than getting […]
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Day 120, Sunday, 17.05.2009

  This was supposed to be a short paddle heading to Cape Don from Smith Point (picture), only 50 km planned.   I was crossing from point to point, floating over the beautiful big surrounding reefs of Araru Point and Lingi Point. Off Araru Point, there were two cars and two motorbikes on the beach […]
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Day 119, Saturday, 16.05.2009

I left the friendly, very civilized pearl farm early morning 7am.   Thanks to Bear and crew for hosting me!!!   The guys went out on a boat to do the pearling job, and I took some pictures.     Plenty of lines with the shell cages hanging down were visible in the whole bay […]
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Day 118, Friday, 15.05.2009

2nd entry: I was busy updating my blog in the air conditioned office of Bear, the pearl farm manager. Internet came over satellite here, with a high gain antenna outside.     He offered me a room in the accommodation site as well, and I happily agreed to a real bed with air condition! A […]
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Day 117, Thursday, 14.05.2009

Message via satellite phone. 11.21 132.55 De Courcy Head  60km 7 to 5.5 found a petrified penis, 3 m high! A touch too much for now, though desperate…   From my last campsite on the Macquarie Strait I cut across Aurari Bay to Brodgen and Gningarg Point. This was the easy part of the day, […]
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