It took me probably about two hours to reach the bay which met me with tall waves. I landed and spend some time together with other boats waiting for the bay to calm down. Mosquitos, ants, a herd of wild boars charging through a swamp. That place wasn't inviting for a longer stay. The boats started to leave one after another.
I started to cross the bay about 03:20. I paddled for one and half hour against waves which were getting taller and taller before I reached a tip of the peninsula separating Guadelupe Bay from Victoria barge canal. I wasn't sure if my old spray deck would survive that passage. I ended up using my electric bilge pump together with a foot pump all time.
I spend half hour or so resting at the shore in the company of mosquitos. With the first signs of sunrise I started to paddle the last two miles to the finish. My boat behaved better in a confused chop than I expected. I should remember that from my first safari.
After my finish, Connie drove me to a motel in Port Lavaca. I had a shower and two hours of sleep before it was time to drive back to Seadrift for the award ceremony and lunch. Then, back to Port Lavaca, I slept another 11 hours in a row skipping a dinner.
We started our trip home next day from Port Lavaca about noon. In the afternoon, we stopped to see Antique Rose Emporium near Brenham. Actually, we bought two climbers and took them to Colorado with one overnight stop at Abilene.
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