Monday, August 18, 2014
We were up and at ‘em and on the lake by 7:15 this morning. The weather was calm for a comfortable motoring trip all the way home to Windsor, Ontario today.
First, we travelled the rest of the way down the west coast of Lake Huron. At this point in our trip we basically completed the full circumnavigation of Lake Huron.
At the Sarnia, Ontario/Port Huron, Michigan Bluewater International Bridge we felt the tug of the current caused by Lake Huron flowing through the relatively small mouth of the St. Clair River. The current was strongest at the beginning of the river but we were helped by the current going in our direction for the rest of the day. Our speed over land was anywhere from 2 to 4 knots faster than our speed over water.
Without going into any details here, I’ll mention that we had one minor incident in the river that involved being on the wrong side of a red buoy. No problems…this just added a little zing to our adventures.
Anyway, by mid afternoon we entered Lake St. Clair. At about 4:00 p.m. we pulled in to Miller Marina in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. It is located in a neighbourhood known as The Nautical Mile on Jefferson Avenue.
We refueled and asked if we could leave Guinevere at the fuel dock while we ran to a West Marine store about a mile down the road. The attendants were very helpful in retying our boat at another spot along the dock while we took off.
We bought a new toilet for the boat and a VHF radio with DSC capabilities. We must have been quite a sight as we ran along Jefferson Avenue back to the boat pulling the toilet behind us on our market cart.
One hour after we arrived at Miller Marina, we were back on the lake, headed for home.
Altogether, we travelled 71.2 nm today and we got in to our home port of Riverside Marina at 6:20 p.m.
We settled ourselves a bit, put our feet up in the cockpit, and cracked open a couple of Guinness beers to celebrate and recall some of the highlights of our 5 week adventure.
After he was done working, Jesse came to pick us up and drive us home.
This was the end of a great day and a great trip! Life is good!