Yesterday, after a grueling 30-mile row with adverse winds and currents, Julie steered me towards a marina with a dock to tie-up to and with an on-site restaurant, laundry, showers and restrooms, but no lodging. The hope was to somehow sweet-talk my way into a place to pitch my tent. Unfortunately, the folks at the marina did not have such a place, but they did introduce me to the owner of a boat club next door, Chris Kelly of the Freedom Boat Club, and he readily offered me a nice waterfront site to set-up camp. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!! I had two dinners last night, one before setting up my campsite, and another one after. Calories are extremely important to this trip.
The kindness of strangers continued today. I completed another 30 miles and stopped at the Titusville Marina, again guided by Julie. They did not have any lodging but they did allow "live-aboards" so the plan was to tie-up at their floating dock and sleep in my boat. After making arrangements, I was immediately befriended by many boat owners at the marina and promptly got an invitation to sleep aboard a 55-foot Fleming, a beautiful motor-yacht. I also got a ride into town by another mariner to re-provision after dinner. Now I am about to settle into my own private cabin for a good night's sleep. I continue to be so grateful for the generosity of the people I am meeting along the way, and to the generosity of so many who have given support to the John P. Musante Health Center!! Life is good. Goodnight to all.