Sun 04/09-2011 Day 6

The camp on the reasonable dry straw floatsam and jetsam island...where my kayak is, it is soaking wet land...and low tide.

Pos: here
Loc: before Channel 15
Acc: tent
Dist: 30 km
Start: 00:00 End: 14:00

Th “first rays of the sun” I was hoping to see at 6.45 am – but instead Sunday morning was starting with a heavy thunderstorm! I saw the lightning already at night, without thunder – now both came along…luckily “only” with 20 kn direct headwinds…all morning until 12 am was like that! And no place to get off the water…you can only duck down and pray when it’s flashing and crashing over you…the rain stayed moderate, but the headwinds prevented me to make any longer break – I went back wards with 2 km per hour! No way…my preciously gained miles…

I had tp paddle about 4 km offshore, and still scratched the ground with my paddle. The mud was so sticky it didn’t wash off even after 50 paddle strokes!

At some point in the early afternoon I felt so cold that I was straddling my kayak with my legs in the mud, sliding on to the bow, opened my front hatch and picked a fleece shirt to put under my dry paddling jacket.

Hundreds of Flamingos in the Samborombon Bay - the brown is the water, the front part is just wet mud...

The shore was now crowded withy big groups of Flamingos – at least some nice pink spots in the grassy green land!

More flamingos on wet mud on low tide

I could paddle closer, and sensed if I could get already that close without being stuck, there may be a chance to get to land without a mud bath?
And yes, there it was: A nice grassy slide, ideal for landing! But also for camping?
There was a pile of floatsam and jetsam straw on top of one the grassy hills – ideal for me! Walking towards there, I barely could prevent getting stuck. The green looking grass is thin, but solid, and mud comes though everywhere.

At late afternoon a surprise came paddling along my campsite: My Buenos Aires host Alejandro Daniel Carranza was searching for me! He was so kind to bring my dry suit and a few other things, but had to leave soon again to get his lift back home from his wife Virginia. Thanks to both of you for caring about me!

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Good paddle Freya. I was wondering what your next challenge would be. I think after OZ that this will be a challenging one. But I have all the confidence that you will succeed.


Go Freya!!!! Only 23.750 km left!!! piece of cake!!!

All the best!! Martin (San José, Uruguay)

Meike Michalik

Toll gemeistert Freya. Hoffe, dass es Dir wieder besser geht.

Der Andres Koch meint, dass die Bucht ein Alptraum ist. Er rät Dir, auf die Tide zu achten und weit ab der Küste zu paddeln. Erhole dich heute,morgen Dienstag weht es von NNO was eine gute Möglichkeit sein kann den direkten Weg nach Punta Rasa zu paddeln. Aber nur wenn Du Dich besser fühlst, sonst musst Du nur Geduld haben und es langsam angehen.

Lese Deine Berichte sehr gerne und finde Dich klasse. Bist ein gutes Vorbild. Hoffe, dass es Dir besser geht und Du dich jetzt erholen kannst. Wünsche Dir für morgen einen ruhigen Magen, eine gute Flut und gutes Gelingen
liebe Grüsse Meike

La bahía es una pesadilla…ya tienes hecho el 50%…aguanta un poco más y tu camino se despeja…Presta atencion a las mareas y navega lejos de la costa. Recuperate bien hoy, mañana martes con viento N-NO puede ser una buena oportunidad para atacar derecho a Punta Rasa, si es que te sientes fuerte, sino, a hacerlo con paciencia y paso a paso.


Many thanks, muchas gracias, herzlichen Dank to Freya’s fantastic friends Virginia and Alejandro!!!

This will make her so much more comfortable.

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