Sun 04/11-2012 Day 319

Locals at Puerto Lomas saying good bye!

Pos: here
Loc: Puerto Lomas
Acc: tent
Dist: 69,3 km
Start: 5:00 End: 17:40

Estimated landing: play Hermosa a Puerto San Juan de Marco
Estimated starting time: Right after sunrise
Estimated landing time: Well before sunset

We felt well rested after the day off, and were keen to go on really first light, as we expected a full 70 km day. Peter was so eager to go, that he couldn’t wait for the right lull in the dumping surf and caught a full fat one :-), but he punched through! I rather waited a bit in the shallow surge, and went through the at times quite ugly breaker line almost dry…

It was surely a long day, but we had quite some following wind helping us. First a bit stronger with the sea being more lumpy, then very low and quite calm seas. We opted to go straight across, as the coast was one boring sand dune only after the first big headland leading into a deep corner we didn’t want to go into.

We divided the day into 5 km steps as usual on boring stretches, and worked our way closer and closer…but as we were well rested, and the at times choppy sea was actually quite fun to paddle, we were well motivated to reach the safe harbour of Puerto Lomas.

We saw a coast guard officer standing at the port entrance, together with many curious locals. The landing was easy, and soon after we were unloaded, a bunch of locals were helping to carry our empty boats up to the coast guard house where we could make camp. Thanks for that offer!

I’m usually not happy about anyone carrying my boat, and especially the front man of three guys on my kayak tried to do the job while carrying a fish in his other hand! Sorry, please use both hands…which he did while tossing the fish to some other guy… If one of the guys stumbles and falls and my boat gets damaged, I’d be pissed as hell…so usually I let none other than Peter and myself do that job. But they were so quick and keen to help, and obviously only keen on carrying the boat, as the heavy bags Peter and I were shouldering ourselves, while trailing the rest of locals behind us…

Our friendly coastguard officer looking after us at Puerto Lomas. We camped in the yard of the coastguard house.

The single coast guard officer on duty was very friendly helping us to get a shower, fresh water and whatever we’d need while we put up tent in the back yard of the coast guard house. A safe place to be! Thanks very much! The landing actually was really in the middle of the town and had no space at all. I’m hoping for a calm night!

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