Lake Michigan reminds us who is boss on day 1

The marine forecast was right on the money…  morning winds out of the NE waves 4- 6….  then a little break…  after a stop at Gilson Beach in WIlmette winds picked up again waves 2-4…  air and lake temperature was around 61F

GPS odometer 22.2  moving time 7:48  movng avg 2.9 mph…   one of the hardest paddles I can remeber…  I am beat…

Leaving LPBC with me at 8AM:

Mary Jo Shear, Humberto Garcia, Tim Flentye, Tom Bamonte, Glenn Marker, Linda Atwood and her husband, Tom Dombroski…

Linda and husband turned around at the Diversey Harbo entrance after testig the small craft advisory conditions…  (smart move!)…

Bamonte and Dombroski turned around at Montrose…  Flentye and Garcia and Marker stopped at Gilson for lunch with Mary Jo and I.  At Gilson we ran into Wendy and Paul Redzinski and Keith Heger.   Wendy and Paul were playing in the surf.  Keith just happened by…

Mary Jo and I  continued north Tim and Glenn and Humberto went back to Rogers Park…

The last 10 miles were tough… the wind picked up…  We stopped at Glencoe beach (mile 18) and Mary Jo decided to stop but encouraged me to go on…  I did…  The last 4 miles were tough given the conditions…

I am now at the Shear residence where we had a BBQ with her family.  Eric (my son) and Catherine (his friend) and Peggy (my wife) as well as Tom Bamonte and family came for the BBQ as well… The Shear hospitality was amazing…

Time to hit the sack!  Bill Burton is joining me for part of the trip to Illinois Beach State Park…   wind still in my face, but 5-10knots and waves a measely 1-2ft!  So hopefully tomorrow will be a little less of a reminder fomr the Lake about who is boss…

thanks to all who joined me…  it was great having so many people around!

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