We “crossed her wake” (completed our Great Loop voyage) at 6:30 PM on August 20, 2021 in Holland, MI after nearly two years,126 travel days, and 6,748 miles around this beautiful country on America’s Great Loop. Wow! What an adventure! Our hearts are full of gratitude for all the friends we met, the memories we made, and for this opportunity of a lifetime!
Many thanks to family and friends (including Loopers In-Vince-Able and Sea-Moor) who joined us to celebrate completion of this adventure, and for the congratulatory phone calls and messages we received from others!
Here is a map of our Great Loop travels (6,748 miles between September, 2019 and August, 2021).
And here are the numbers from the Captain’s Log:
Departure: September 8, 2019
Arrival: August 20, 2021
Boat Cards Exchanged: 203 new friends
Travel Days: 126
Total Days: 713
Total Miles: 6,748
Average Miles/Day: 54
Total Travel Hours: 639
Average Travel Hours/Day: 5
Fuel: 8,206 gallons
Waterways Traveled: Lake Michigan, Calumet River, Cal-Sag Channel, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Tennessee River, Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf of Mexico crossing from Florida Panhandle to Tarpon Springs, Anclote River (Tarpon Springs), Manatee River (Bradenton), Caloosahatchee River (Fort Myers), Marco River (Marco Island), Gulf of Mexico crossing to/from Florida Keys (4x), Indian Key Pass/Barron River (Everglades City), Gordon River (Naples), Caloosahatchee River (Fort Myers), Okeechobee Waterway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesepeake Bay, Delaware River, Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Welland Canal, Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, St., Clair River, Lake Huron, St. Mary’s River, Straits of Mackinaw, Lake Michigan (again), Lake Macatawa.
Adventures, Teamwork, Lessons, Smiles, Friends, Blessings: More than we can count!