Highlights: Crossed seven river mouth!
Lowlights: landed 1 km too early, launched again
Launch: Low to moderate surf
Landing: Eventually sheltered river beach
Loc: small river
Dist: 66,5 km
Start: 4:50 End: 16:15
Not a single person to be seen all afternoon and night, good. But this lovely shady pine tree tent site was full of nasty horse flies! Nothing about a walk on the beach as planned. A shady spot is actually rather what I need anyway after all day being exposed to the sun. The tent is the beat place to relax.
I launched easy with barely a drop in my face through low to moderate surf. Sometimes it goes…Three times two close to each other river mouth I had to cross today, and they were all different.I can’t remember any more which one I took in which way, but all of them had at least one sudden “Out of nothing” just a bit too high breaker, but just low enough to handle. Always a bit scary…
My destination was around this loading bridge, which was actually already way more than 50 km. But I some how liked to have this artificial piece of technique behind me. I dared to paddle between a tied up monster of ship and the small breakwater island, no one saw me or shouted at me. But they were busy unloading. Right after the bridge, it looked like the beach was all private farm land with houses, and the beach was steep all the time since the last river mouth. Possible, but very unfriendly to land. I had marked a reef shelter another 7 km away, and as the wind was good, I paddled along. The first small headland seemed to do the job with a bit of shelter, although my GPS said it was one more km away. Why am I always so impatient? I made a horrible inelegant landing getting washed on my ass up the beach and the cockpit full of sand water. It was not a great campsite either, and I saw the real reef shelter on the not far away next tiny head land. Many people there, but who cares…to punish myself, I launched right again, this time a bit better, and paddled even further than the next tiny headland, spotting a small river mouth around the corner. Perfect for me and my privacy needs.
It was really a lovely spot, just that the tourist from the other corner suddenly all showed also up here…some even waded across the shallow river to my”private” side! Can’t help…still a good spot, and now it’s all mine! Well, besides two stray dogs hopefully not peeing on my tent again…
No idea where I will end up tomorrow…I urgently need to shop, refill water, recharge batteries and be online. Shower and washing machine wouldn’t hurt either. But I have not enough batteries to research a pousada or such now.