straight distance left: 50 km
Highlights: Last day in Uruguay!
Lowlights: Inaccessible passport office
Dist: 41,2 km
Start: 7:20 End: 16:10
No fog this morning, maybe because I was not in a small wet side river area. But it was still bloody cold.
The water was dead calm as the last days in the morning, but a moderate head wind was bothering me all day. I still made reasonable progress, enjoying once more and for the last time of this trip the unspoiled nature of the river banks. For tomorrow, I eventually decided I will cross over the Rio de la Plata from Colonia to a secret landing spot, which leaves me one last short leg to close the loop. The “official” arrival on the Fregata Sarmiento with the Navy reception, plus paddling the last short leg together with other paddlers, will be on May 1st as planned, just one week later.
I was due to get an exit stamp in the Prefectura passport office in the port of Colonia, when I was asking my paddling friends in Montevideo if there would be some person to help me, I was given the coordinates and said: “Just paddle into the port!”
Hahaha, when I arrived at the port,the fat scary ferry and another big ship was sitting in there, and besides steep walls and a concrete high staircase there was nothing visible to disembark from a kayak. Not to say this is simply not a place for small boats at all. As I have no assistance to watch my kayak and gear, I am also not happy to land somewhere besides the port and walk to the office. I checked at the yacht harbor around the corner, but strange enough there was also no inviting disembarking for small boats visible, or any clubhouse or such. Well, then this matter has to be solved at the embassy of Uruguay in Buenos Aires. Can’t help here.
I paddled a bit further into the bay to find a matching quiet camp beach, and behind some reed and under a cliff wall hidden the city and street, I found the perfect spot. Just a few dog walkers and runners, then it was quiet. I felt a bit like a hobo here. Besides,at 4.30 the scary ferry left, and at 7.15 pm, the scary ferry came back again, sounding almost like a long-time rocket launch, just much less noisy.