Preparation for the big adventure

Welcome to our new blog! The next number of months we will share brief posts as we prepare for our second trip of a lifetime – during this adventure we will circumnavigate the eastern half of this beautiful country for a total of 6000 miles.

We recently purchased a 28′ Cutwater trawler, her name is RAMA and our plan is to set sail on March 29th of 2021. This take off date and the entire journey will all be dependent on weather! Oh yes the driving force we call mother nature can reek havoc. So we really have a very grey schedule to follow, sort of the like the tides.

We will travel north on eastern seaboard via the Intracoastal Waterway from SC to Rhode Island. We plan on spending about a month there visiting with our family and friends. At the end of May we will take off again and head for the Hudson River. We will follow the Hudson to the Erie Canal where we will begin our journey through many sets of locks along the way. The locks do not open until somewhere around June 1st. Our journey will bring us through approximately 192 locks total. We will follow the Erie Canal to the Oswego Canal which will drop us into Lake Ontario. At this point we will transit the lake into Canada and follow the Trent Severn Waterway. Once leaving the waterway we will enter Lake Huron in what is known as The Georgian Bay and North Channel. Canada will be our home for much of the summer. Upon leaving The North Channel we will enter Lake Michigan. From here we will travel the coast of Michigan and head toward Chicago. We should hit Chicago around Sept 1st, we will travel directly through the city to start out southward decent through the middle of the country. We will travel many different rivers including the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and others along the way until we drop out in Mobile, Alabama. We are shooting for a November 1st target to hit the Mobile delta and start the winter in the deep south. The winter will be spent travelling the panhandle, west coast and the Keys in Florida. We will finish our journey getting back into the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami to navigate north until we cross our wake in South Carolina again. The journey should take approximately a year or so.

For the next twelve months we will be planning how to store whatever we are going to need to live with for the year in a very small space; charting our course; upgrading a number of items on the boat to be sure we are safe and more comfortable; and, researching ways to make sure we can stay in touch with those we love. One of those ways is through this blog.

Rick and I hope you will join us on this great adventure!