The eastern coast of the United States is long. In a car bus or train it takes several days even weeks to travel from Key West Florida to Portland Maine.
Our journey has taken approximately 85 paddling days to reach Marion Massachusetts.
I can’t help but think how the natives and ancients travelled the coastlines of our Earth. Whether for trade or survival these men and women would leave the shore and travel long distances (on simple craft) to meet other tribes and trade goods.
We also have met many” tribes” along the way. We have traded stories in return for a place to stay and a wonderful home cooked meal. People have greeted us the same way I imagine villagers would greet travellers from lands far away. First with a little wonder in their eye. Then after a customary handshake, Bang! Friends for life.
Our travels began for two reasons: The Wounded Warriors and SUP Cleanup. Only now after 1800 miles do I clearly see that this is just the beginning of journeys to come. It would be nice if what this trip represents fixed all that is wrong with our coastline and our war hero’s. I’m afraid they both need more help.
This current journey is close to completion. It is amazing to be here in Little Compton with Mimi,Henry,Marion and friends. We have been home in LC for 8 days now. Paddling short distances.LC to LC~ LC to Westport~ Westport to Padanaram~Padanaram to Marion. A must see coastline. Moving slow like the ancients it was great to re-connect with this unique yet familiar shoreline.
The push north begins Monday in the pre dawn light near the Cape Cod Canal. The ancients never traveled this waterway. At that time it was land. This stretch will still be paddled at the pace of old-time travel. With the modern application of GPS,radar,radio communications and the US Coast Guard auxiliary and Army Corp of Engineers at our side as escorts. Even with all the modern technologies surrounding us on that short distance, I’ll still look to explorers before us for their guidance.