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irlboater



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Salty Completes America's Great Loop Reply with quote

Rosa and I have completed our platinum-flagged Great Loop adventure after 6,891 miles in 200 days. Our unconventional route took us across Lake Superior to Duluth. With the help of AGLCA member Randy Swanstrom and Harbor Host Ken G, Salty was transported to the navigational headwaters of the Mississippi River and we cruised from Minneapolis to New Orleans on the Big Muddy.

Thanks to Ottawa River Harbor Hosts, Francis Lavigne and Helene Lapointe who allowed us to keep our boat on their dock and transported us to and from Ottawa airport so Rosa and I could enjoy a side trip to Nova Scotia.

We flew home for a week to prepare for, ride out and clean up after Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, Irma was less destructive than Matthew was the year previous. We dodged Hurricane Nate while visiting a friend on the Atchafalaya River.

We were impressed with the raw beauty of Lake Superior and would encourage Loopers to consider a side trip along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Here are a few statistics of our journey...

163 - Locks Transited
465 - Engine Hours
1,390 - Gallons of Gas
$4,193 - Cost of Gas
114 - Days Underway
45 - Nights in Marinas
33 - Nights Using Parks Canada Mooring Pass
5 - Average Miles Per Gallon
15 - Average Miles Per Hour
100 - Boat Cards Received
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonathon , Congratulations on your3rd "Great Loop" Your accomplishments are legendary! Impressive mileage and trip!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, Jonathan and Rosa! Your unconventional Loop is really inspiring! We will long remember our days at Honest John's Fish Camp, and I have the hat to prove it! It is my daily Loop hat! I enjoyed each and every time, however brief, we crossed paths you and Rosa! on our Loop!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Again!! Still many variations of "The Loop" to try!!

"Raw beauty" certainly is an appropriate description for Lake Superior. I have never boated on it but have enjoyed its beauty from shore both while travelling by rail and on the Trans Canada Highway.

How many miles are on Salty's hull now?

Regards, Rob

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! What an accomplishment congratulations!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salty and crew looking good in Little Current 17nov17

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a great trip. It was nice to meet you in September before the meet in the middle gathering!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

little wing wrote:
Salty and crew looking good in Little Current 17nov17

Whoops, that was August, not November.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are "boat cards" ? You said you received 100.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inspiring...one day. Although the spousal unit is not quite on board (literally) yet.

Going to start small...Tampa to somewhere for a day or so. I'll post a separate thread on that. I suspect there's already a thread in here somewhere discussing that.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three "Great Loops"? What you need is a JOB!!! Razz Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive Report. Good numbers, and what an accomplishment. Inspiring. I like the part about Superior and might have to make that a destination.

What is it that drew you to repeat the Loop (2 times). Really curious about that?

Jason, "Boat Cards" are like a business card. Usually a picture of the boat, and contact info. Some folks make collections, -- Think baseball cards.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ken35216 wrote:
Three "Great Loops"? What you need is a JOB!!! Razz Razz


Spoken like someone who has a job and would rather be on the boat. Cool
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JamesTXSD wrote:
ken35216 wrote:
Three "Great Loops"? What you need is a JOB!!! Razz Razz


Spoken like someone who has a job and would rather be on the boat. Cool


The truth hurts!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the positive comments. Many friends have asked me why I would want to do the loop for a second or third time. They ask if there are other adventures that I would like to do. Yes, I have other adventures on my mind but the logistics of doing the grand adventure called America's Great Loop have become almost frivolous to me.
My second and third loops were much easier for me. I didn't even have a packing list the third time. I loaded the boat, put it in the water and was off in a matter of hours. I don't have the anxiety that I had for my first trip. I'm not worried how I will get gas. I'm not worried if I will enjoy the adventure. I'm not worried if my boat is too small. All of those questions that I had on my first trip.
I like to say that this trip is a good balance between comfort and adventure. We stopped at towns that we missed on previous trips and revisited some towns that we enjoyed. There are places along the route that I could visit every year. I feel free traveling the waterways. That's why I'm planning my fourth trip in 2019.
Our route will take us up through Lake Champlain to Montreal. Down the Rideau Canal, across Lake Ontario and the western Erie Canal. I'm hoping to portage from Lake Erie to the Ohio River then down the Tenn-Tom Waterway. It should take six months or less. Say hello if you see Salty on the water!
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