April 23: Tauru & Crew Made It to Icy Bay
Tauru, Steve, Taylor and Dave arrive in Icy Bay for Mt. St. Elias.
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Day 15: Prince Rupert to Ketchikan
April 14, 2009
Started late because we had to sleep away the previous night's drinking. A perfect, beautiful day with an open blue sky. We continued through the Revillagedo Channel towards Ketchikan, the US Port of Entry. Back in America! Estimated time of arrival around 5 AM the following morning. Slow going at 5 knots, and staring out the window has turned into the past-time of choice.
Day 16: Ketchikan to Meyers Chuck
April 15, 2009
Arrived in Ketchikan at 4 AM Alaska time and woke up the Customs Officer, who then came down and "did his check." He noticed the stove and zoomed in on that for whatever reason -- no contraband, buddy! Back on American soil where beer was cheaper (less tax), we raided the liquor store in addition to picking up groceries. The wind parted the gib sheet from the genoa (one of the sails) and prompted a quick response to recapture the sail. This was the first day we were exclusively under sail power -- money saved on deisel would be well used for beer. We docked in Meyers Chuck, which was a well-protected hidden bay with a handful of houses. We replenished our drinking water supply from a mountain lake a mile away.
In full sial.
Day 17: Meyers Chuck to south-end of Wrangell Narrows
April 16, 2009
We woke up in Meyers Chuck to a seaplane that was taking the ladies from the handful of houses into town (Ketchikan) to go shopping. Cold temperaturs all day, though no favorable winds to take advantage of for sailing. In the afternoon, a pod of porpoises escorted us for almost an hour. Strong winds kept the crew awake most of the night anchoring in our first gale -- we kept thinking that the boat was going to run aground.
Porpoises escorting us from the bow. (One to the right of Steve under water -- see white belly; other two are the splashes to the right and left of Steve.)
Day 18: Wrangell Narrows to Hobart Bay
April 17, 2009
Did an early morning start to ride the tide into Petersburg, another major Alaskan fishing town, where we picked up more smokes. Captain Steve nearly sunk us by having a near-miss through Wrangell Narrows. We continued northward from Petersburg and caught great wind through Frederick Sound -- sailed all afternoon picking up good speed (8 knots). This turned into our best sailing day yet, getting good speed sailing on a broad reach -- the crew broke out the wine and any remaining beer left on board. Spirits were high, then the spirits ran out, but the crew was still happy.
Resolute stands as the lone sailboat amidst a sea of Petersburg comomercial fishing vessels.
Day 19: Hobart Bay to Juneau
April 18, 2009
The porpoises returned in the morning riding our bow, but we were done with them and so they soon left. The team spent the day making wands and taking inventory of mountain food supply. David calculated that we would need 450,000 more calories for our time on the mountain -- "We f*****g need 50 f*****g more jars of f****g nutella," Tauru exclaimed in sailor talk. Meanwhile, Steve's engineering genius fixed the auto-pilot; otherwise, we would have to steer the entire way to Icy Bay. On entering Juneau, there was a bridge that had a passing height of 50 ft. "I'm not sure the mast is going to clear it," Captain Steve said. So we had Taylor climb to the top of the mast as we approached the bridge to let us know whether we would clear the bridge or not. He gave us thumbs-up while hanging on to dear life -- the slight drizzle didn't help much.
Steve checks wands' strength while Tauru wonders about his own wands.
Day 20: A day in Juneau shopping
April 19, 2009
Spent the day pillaging Costco and various stores for last minute items before hittin' up the Alaskan Brewing Company for free samples. And we did sample! The Barley Wine brew clocked in at 10.4% alcohol by volume and sent us into a spin. We got a ride back to the boat with some guy who had rotten seal blubber for bear in the back of his truck where Tauru and Taylor were piled in. We sail for Icy Bay the following day -- Juneau is three-quarters of the way there.
26: Back in Phoenix, AZ
Not much, no update
31: Fun Times (J-Tree & Mt. Whitney)
8: Sailing up to Alaska
23: Made it to Icy Bay
30: In The Tian Fjord
21: Christi Goes Climbing
26: Mt. St. Elias Update
1: Hitch Hiking The Al-Can
9: Tauru Back to Phoenix
1: The Ride Across America Plan
23: California to Arizona
Month: Colorado to Tennessee
Month: Made to the Atlantic Ocean
Month: Summary of Ride Across America
PDF Summary of Ride
16: Kathi's Birthday Party
Month: Thanksgiving in J-Tree
19: House Warming & Birthday