Day 71, Sunday, 29.03.2009

18.08 146.16 North Brooks Island 75km it’s simply paradise here once the anchorhng prawn trawler went off for the nightshift…   After I left Falcon Island, I couldn’t help but stopping after an hour on Orpheus Island on that inviting tourist jetty. I thought it leads to a resort inland or so…no, it was simply […]
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Day 70, Saturday, 28.03.2009

18.45 146.31 Falcon Island 65 km   Quite amazing, sitting on a remote island with internet access and pushing myself to update the blog…see how far back I’m making it before falling asleep. The rest will be done in Cairns… Leaving the highly civilzed Magnetic Island/ Nelly Bay at dawn, but traces in the sand reveal […]
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Day 69, Friday, 27.03.2009

19.09 146.50 Magnetic Island 70km boring paddle with few wind, waves and tide. I like action!   sanddunes from the night’s wind   As I expected, the surf off Cape Bowling Green eased almost completely over night. But it took a while until the wind went down that night! My tent and kayak got quite […]
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Day 68, Thursday, 26.03.2009

9.21 147.26 Cape Bowling Green. 70km. Lovely surf along the long sandy shallow spit   Coconut Bay was a lovely place. There was a bay 2 km northwards, but it had not such a nice name and more steep walls shown on the map – actually no name at all on the map or the […]
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Day 67, Wednesday, 25.03.2009

19.45 147.50 Coconut Bay. 70km. Lovely small, hidden bay set in a rocky shore Leaving Gloucester Island, I had to pass Middle Island pretty close. It looked like a lovely spot with a nice reef to camp…but I can’t camp everywhere!!!   So I kept on heading towards Abbot Point, with following winds against tide […]
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Day 66, Tuesday, 24.03.2009

20.03 148.27.  Gloucester Island.  80km, 7 am to 5 pm. I listened to my first coral beach. It sounds like glass in a gentle lapping sea… Paddling out of Genesta Bay was a bit of an effort against the wind and tide, but eventually I made it around the rocky headland of Round Head.   […]
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Day 65, Monday, 23.03.2009

20.28 148.53 Genesta Bay. 75km, 10am to 10pm. Hit by a nasty breaker on the open sea, I had to roll. I use a lifeline*  now. *tether to keep kayaker and kayak from being separated. Aussie size? Banana from Victor and Alyth’s backyard… I woke at 4am, to be ready to leave the Rainforest house at 5.45am…I could […]
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Day 63, Saturday, 21.03.2009 (day 64 between day 74 and 75)

Mackay, 60 km Safe and sound in Victor and Alyth house. Sunday will be off for organisation. I need to write more later, sorry! (Day 64 between day 74 and 75…) Victor with his three woman Alyth (right), Beth and me Day 63 and 64 were very special for me, sorry it took that long […]
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Day 62, Friday 20.03.2009

21.32 149.28 Cape Palmerston.  70km. No losses today besides some weight—looking good! What are butterflies doing dozens of miles offshore?   This was another day paddling wide offshore in the open water. Tides pushing, islands passing by, not much to say (and to remember…) that late updating…I can’t even tell how the campsite was looking…I […]
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Day 61, Thursday 19.03.2009

22.00 149.51 Wild Duck Island 70km mostly BIG seas ride on strong wind against strong tide-endless tidalrace! Top speed 26.2 km! But average only 6 km.. One hour into the day’s paddle, a flash thought came to my mind – I couldn’t remeber I packed my mobile phone into the dayhatch as usual…I must have […]
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