Post 11-27, Day 74 – Thanksgiving
The day started normally, but got interesting. I was out by 6:45 am and soon passed a 30’ sailboat, tied up. As the morning went on, he caught me and we visited for a few minutes. The captain was Shawn Wegann, an offshore worker from Morgan City, La. He wanted a sailboat and had found a really good deal on the internet. He flew to Iowa and was sailing the boat home. Except, he was motoring – the wind on the river today was not good for sailing.
About 3:00 pm, a fog started rolling in. I was definitely surprised and started looking for a place to stop – going from bouy to bouy, with very little visibility. I had been on the outside of a bend in the river, staying with the current. I could hear a towboat coming from downstream so I pulled in closer to shore. About this time I noticed a protrusion of land in the bend. I have seen this phenomena 3 times before. About ¼ mile behind the towboat, as it passes the protrusion, a massive 5’ tall breaking wave crashes. In the fog, it was scary. I realized, I needed to be on the other side of the river to find a place to camp – I listened really hard for a minute before I took off across the river.
I’m now safe and settled in I paddled 51 miles today, leaving about 288 miles to New Orleans. Now I can relax and to eat my Thanksgiving dinner.