Tuesday, August 25, 2009

So, It began
I drove up to Manitowoc last Thursday and stood in the dismal rain as the Badger Car Ferry came into port. A coal burner, this old ship would get me across to Michigan in four hours.
Onto the boat went my Blazer with one of my skin on frames on top. On a previous trip I had lost the passenger side mirror, so I was anxious about the fragile boat. I had flags at each end and a note on the dash stating that the boat was fragile (end the tension: nothing happened).After a rocky crossing that saw many sea sick passengers, we entered the Ludington, Michigan harbor where the waves were crashing on the breakwater andthe dunes that line the coast came into clear view. We off loaded, and I headed to my most favorite Italian restaurant for a wine and a lunch of whole wheat crust pizza and red wine.I was now ready to drive up to Lower Lake Herring and the QAJAQ training camp. Over the next few days I would like to share some images and thoughts on how that all went.

Paddle safe...
DS

7 comments:

DaveO said...

Love the car ferry. Anything that can divert you from the Chicago metroplex AND allow you to relax with an adult beverage rather than white knuckling it is worth every penny in my book.

JohnB said...

"I was not ready. . ." What was wrong? Too much wine? Too much pizza? Which looks GREAT!

Silbs said...

typo which I will now correct. I was NOW ready. thanks

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

That deep dish pizza sure looks good. Well, the wine too.

Looking forward to your trip's posts.

Stan

Silbs said...

I prefer Cabernets, and this one was a Cabernet/Merlot. Smooth and full bodied. Hmmmmmm.

steve said...

what a great way to start the trip, is it legal to drink and paddle in the USA

Silbs said...

The wine came the day before I paddled. Here, you can drink and paddle as long as you are not impaired.