Day 27 Today I will do Harbor Springs to Fisherman Is.

I am at Bentley Whitman’s house in Harbor Springs getting ready to take off…

Bentley helped me take apart my Nordkapp seat which had broken at the attachment to the deck… we discovered that the holes drilled in the seat had been drilled twice leaving a weak spot (two holes next to each other) and it gave way yesterday while on the water… we reinforced this with wood and added foam under the seat and it appears good to go. You’d think that if someone needed to re-drill the seat because of a miss-drill on the first try they would start with a new seat… Valley will hear from me. Other than that the boat is holding up well given the number of rocky launches and landings I have done.

Harbor Springs has beautiful water… clear as water can be. Beautiful vintage summer homes.

The straits lived up to their reputation on the 4th of July. We had to bale out 1.5 miles west of the bridge due to stiff winds out of the West funneling thru the straits.  The straits was like a wind tunnel… Could hardly keep my boat going straight, much less make any progress… see Nancy’s posting below… thanks Nancy…

I feared my tent would be destroyed by the high winds, but it did fine.  It’s a Kelty Vortex and I guess with a name like that it’s supposed to survive big winds…

If I haven’t called someone it’s because I have had spotty cell phone coverage… spotty weather reporting from NOAA as well… Hard to call on the water and off the water no coverage half the time. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from me!

My dragonfly stove acted up yesterday but Bentley knew how to deal with the carboned up part and we was abe to get it functioning… he had had the same problem with his.

Had a great steak dinner bbqed by Bentley that was excellent. The hospitality on this trip has been overwhelming. He and his wife Chris and daughter Taylor have welcomed me into their home. As did the harbor master Larry Wyse and his wife in Naubingway, and the Baxter family who let me camp in their front space ny Mackinac Bridge. I even got to see fireworks in Mackinac City!

Nancy Thornton and Arron were great company on the crossing of the straits…

I am two days behind the orgininal schedule. I should be at Leelanau State Park on Saturday and Leland on Sunday.

I am starting to feel strong and not so beat at the ned of the day. However my hands and feet are showing signs of wear.

More later…

thanks to all who have supported the expedition… it has been great.

Comments are closed.