Cruising the ICW is a relaxing ride, looking at the swamps, trees filled with moss and lovely homes. We arrived at the marina and were put in to a slip with no one along side us. The docks at Barefoot Marina are great cement floating docks, with secure gates at the entrance. Very safe. We arrived on the 31st and I had a flight out on the 2nd for my infusion.
We rode our bikes to Taco Mundo on the other side of the ICW and had some appetizers, drinks and dinner with the Bob and Grace. They were all set up for Halloween. We also stopped at the Food Lion for a few items.
All together again!
Our friends Kelly and Mike Harris on Knot II Fast, arrived on that day. Mary and Chris Kelleher on Karma, arrived on the 5th, the day I returned from NY. It was great to have all of us reunited 685 NM away from home. We all traveled together in the past from Long Island and have known each other for more that 20 years. We enjoyed a delicious meal at Joe's Restaurant which also had a nice view of the marsh.
Dinner at Joe's.
They feed the raccoons bread.
On Sunday, 11/6/22, Hal, Izzy and I drove to Gainesville, FL for the Great Harbour Trawlers Association, rendezvous and technical seminar, which Hal is president and set up the meeting. The drive was long and we arrived at a busy time. Paul, Hal's brother was also there since his daughter goes to University of Florida. We were able to eat dinner with Paul, his daughter Marielle, and son Ryder. It was great to see them.
The GHTA meeting went well and everyone seemed to enjoy the comradery and information. The technical seminar was arranged by Mirage and they did an outstanding job. The information and the meals they served were unbelievable. It ended with a low country boil that could feed at least 20 more people.
Martin Luther King Jr memorial in Gainesville.
Some people left early due to Hurricane Nicole, however we drove back to the boat on Thursday in the pouring rain and strong winds. We had to provision while we had the car and then return it to the airport. The rain and wind never let up. We were supposed to travel the next day but decided to stay because of the expected 35 mph gusts of wind. Since we stayed, Grace and I shopped with Brenda and Janet who were here at a time share. Then we met Sonny, Dave, Hal and Bob at Carolina Roadhouse and enjoyed a delicious meal together. It is wonderful to see people that we have met on the loop and became great friends with on our travels.
Hal and I, Bob and Grace, Brenda and Sonny and David and Janet.