Answer: The “over”!
Finally, after five busy weeks at Basecamp dealing with chores and medical appointments (the annual 50,000 mile check-up is getting more onerous as we get older!), we are on our way towards the south coast of Newfoundland.
Now, the only deadline we have this summer is picking up family in Port-aux-Basques on July 1st. And, since it took us a week to get from Basecamp to Port-au-Choix last year (700 miles), we figured that it should only take us a week to get from Basecamp to Port-aux-Basques this year (300 miles), what with our new slow mentality.
Except that we slipped a bit with our new slow mentality. Instead of daysailing, we took off on Sunday and pulled a 200-mile overnight to the Bras d’Or Lakes. Which is fine, and we’re very happy to be here now, except that the overnight wasn’t a lot of fun: there was a nasty left-over sea from a tropical storm offshore, there was lots of fog, John lost lunch, I was seriously squiffy, and, all in all, we really didn’t enjoy ourselves until we passed through the St. Peter Canal and entered the Lakes yesterday afternoon.
So what was that about? Why didn’t we just take a few days to daysail? Because we knew there was bad weather coming, we felt pressure from the deadline, and we fell into old habits. What we really should have done is leave a few days earlier, daysail in the lovely weather we had last week, and then pull an overnight, if we had to, once we were acclimated. Old habits die hard!
The moral of this story? We’re going to have to allow for a lot more time to make the miles if we are going to stick to the new slow program. Like a week to cover 150 miles (2 or 3 daysails and at least one whole day for exploring each place).
We’ll report on how well we manage with the new program this summer!
So how many miles a week do you plan for when cruising? Please leave a comment.