Busy, busy, busy. Picked up spare spark plugs, two jetboil fuel canisters, a spoon and a spork for my freeze dried meals (though I'm told a spoon is the more efficient way to go I figure I can experiment at a cost of .79 cents) and a new pair of prescription polarized sunglasses. I don't like to wear sunglasses and have not owned a pair for years. But as of late, and maybe because of age, I find my eyes aching in the late afternoon sun. I hope these will help.
I did a test charge of a dead Fuji X20 battery with the Goal Zero sherpa battery and solar panel. On Sunday, a bright sunny day, the X20 battery went from dead to fully charged in about two hours, and the sherpa battery pack returned to a full charge in another 30 minutes or so. This was in optimal conditions, so I won't expect that result every time. But I do think the idea of keeping my batteries charged is feasible.
A note from SandyBottom lets me know I had the wrong start dates for the Watertribe Pamlico Challenge. It begins a week from this coming Friday - I had thought it was scheduled to begin this coming Friday. What does that change for me?? Location is all. I had expected to possibly run into some of the fleet Monday or Tuesday on the ICW somewhere between the Bay River and the Alligator River. Now I might run across the fleet the anywhere from the Neuse River to Beaufort or on Core Sound - early in their trip and mid-way through mine.
Thinking about the kayakers in the EC, from whom I have stolen many equipment ideas over the years, I was realizing how much more storage space I have on Spartina as compared to a kayak. I still don't know how they pack gear and food for a week on those kayaks. I have the the luxury of space - lots of space - and that is what allows me to carry little goodies like the cups of fruit that I enjoy with each meal. With this is mind, if any Watertribe kayaker comes within hailing distance please give me a shout and I'll share a cup of fruit and sweet syrup (as long as supplies last). It's only fair to share.