I'm hunkered down in Delaware City Marina today waiting out massive winds on the Delaware Bay which have whipped the seas into a frenzy. Moderate west winds are predicted for Tues and Wed which should allow for safe passage down this intimidating body of water. Once I exit the Delaware I'm back on protected water in the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway which takes me close to the approach for New York Harbor.
I have completed 1360 miles in 50 days. So, in theory I should be just 40 miles short of NYC according to my original plan for a 1400 miles trip. Yet I find myself 230 miles short of NYC. So, how do I reconcile the difference in planned versus actual mileage? There are a few factors:
- My route requires me to travel extra distance to reach safe havens at the end of the day which in any cases are not directly on the ICW, for example, traveling up a side river and back the next morning. The cumulative effect of these extra miles has been significant
- The guides reports the lower ICW in standard statute miles and the upper ICW in nautical miles which are 15% longer.
- My original planning did not account for some of the connecting canals between major bodies of water or the curved indirect paths along the New Jersey Intracostal
This all translates to 190 miles of additional rowing that I'll have to take on. With fair weather this translates to about another 8 days of rowing before I arrive in NYC. My body and spirits are tested but remain strong so I'm confident that I'll be able to power through this homestretch and look forward to bringing this amazing journey to a close.