Day 60, Wednesday, 18.03.2009

22.13 150.28 Cape Townshend 75km perfect run with strong wind and tide through beautiful area, but lost my “securely strapped to the backdeck” PFD with ACR epirb. How stupid! Yes, I should better put it on… The signs are getting better…and bigger…amazing, when there is no pinch of civilisation anywhere, you are attracted by the […]
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Day 59, Tuesday 17.03.2009

22.39 150.48 Cliff Point. 60km. In military area live shooting range. I had to pass through the wide Shoalwater military training area, entering by permit only. A call on that morning on entering to the range officer made him a bit upset about me checking in that late, but oh well…I knew already there won’t […]
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Day 58, Monday 16.03.2009

Great Keppel Island 50 km I had to stop to fix some gear issues for 4 hours… It turned out that I didn’t put the hatch on wrong the last day to get a fully flooded stern compartment – I guessed on the next island – the beautiful Hammocky Island -I rather gave it a check again. […]
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Day 57, Sunday, 15.03.2009

23.29 151.14 Cape Capricorn 70km I was paddling way offshore all day, through 17 waiting freighters. It was quite a game to count them, as they were shifting perspective all the time, appearing and disappearing behind the horizont. I rather went outside than taking the inside passage of Curtis Island and passing Gladstone and quite some […]
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Day 56, Saturday, 14.03.2009

  23.58 151.36 Richards Point 75 km 11 hr   Three 20cm crabs were swimming 3km offshore, strange…I saw few turtles, but these huge bulked seaweed plaques started to float around. I first mistook them for giant turtles…   I was landing at low tide, and had to make a long portage on dry ground. There was […]
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Day 55, Friday, 13.03.2009

24.26 152.00 Mitchell Creek 55 km Mitchell Creek River Mouth I simply had enough on the second day paddling after 55km, I was till sore from the last 85 km day in rough seas. Amazing how fast your body looses the fitness… I was not sure about further up landings on this coast. The beach […]
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Day 54, Thursday, 12.03.2009

24.45 152.23 Bundaberg Harbour 85km 12hrs I saw 3 fat turtles with yellow head.  Lots of rain all day, strong following winds. Seas from 1 m in Fraser Island shelter to 2-3m later. The sea became very ugly off Elliott Heads. But the harbour entrance was easy, I’m on the north side, on Barubbra Island. […]
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5-days break finished – paddling again tomorrow!

The final dinner desert – Pavlowa!!!   This was a wayyyyyy too long break! Five days in a row!!!! I didn’t like that…but couldn’t complain about my hosts…this night was David cooking a delicious Chili con Carne. Topped with a traditional Pavlowa! Yummy… 🙂 Thanks a lot, David and Janita!   I had a bit […]
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Day 53, Wednesday, 11.03.2009

Channel 7 TV shots for probably tomorrow night’s news   I went food shopping today for the next about 12-14-days stage to Mackay. Hope to get going again tomorrow! 5 days off in a row – horrible!!! Though a very pleasant place to stay with Janita nad David…thanks again! Then I did what I wanted […]
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Day 52, Tuesday, 10.03.2009

Today was King Tide day – the water in Hervey Bay came up wayyyyyyyy over the normal limit – walls were damaged, beaches were simply gone, the harbour was flooded. But it could have been worse here, no flooding in the streets. Some houses were already sandbagged, but even a heavy rain didn’t really occur. Luckily, […]
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