Loc: before Channel 15
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.
The shore was now crowded withy big groups of Flamingos – at least some nice pink spots in the grassy green land!
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!