Corpus Christi to Port Aransas

The team paddled 35.2 miles today. That puts them at 156.7 miles with 231.3 to go.

This morning, Tim Curry decided to pack it up and head home. The team enjoyed him on the ride and most certainly was glad he decided to join them. He provided an element to the start of this trip that entertained the guys, up to this point. He’ll be missed.

The goal was to make it to Port Aransas, Tx today (at least) but, ideally, make it to Rockport, Tx where the team was set to be hosted my Melissa White, wife of Wayne White. Wayne is a member of The Explorer’s Club and is currently site manager for Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He is a world traveler and has an interesting array of memorabilia from his travels. While they were disappointed to not make Rockport, they will meet up with Melissa for a water refuel and a regroup in the morning, after paddling 11.5 miles.

The guys are camping on an island just south of the Port Aransas Lighthouse. The weather forecast calls for storms overnight and the winds continue to be fast. They are going to hunker down. If you recall, Jeff & West experienced major thunderstorms when on the Amazon River and during the Volga River Expedition. Throughout the day, they encountered a large number of speedboats and other sailing-type vessels. Winds were supposed to turn and help them in the afternoon…not sure if that happened.

Tomorrow, forecast calls for some rain. As I live along the coast, these storms are often pushed off very quickly. We hope that happens for the guys. Their next major goal will be Port O’Connor. It looks like that might take a day and half, if all goes according to plan (as things usually do, right?).

Lunch in Corpus Christi. Photo: West Hansen
West looking scruffy.
Jeff & West in Port Aransas camp
Port Aransas Lighthouse just down the beach from camp
This replica pirate ship is chugging around the bay in Aransas Pass

3 thoughts on “Corpus Christi to Port Aransas”

  1. Are you stopping at Matagorda? I’m a neighbor of West’s here in Windsor Park and have camped on the beach there many times, Thought I might visit for a couple hours if that would be ok. I have been quarantining, wearing a mask etc. Retired a couple years ago drove to Alaska tent camping with my grandson among other trips.
    Phil Bunker

    1. They will be paddling by Matagorda in the morning (Thursday May 28). They’ll leave their camp by 7:00 am, head up the Colorado River (small channel) and then hang a right at Matagorda.

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