We Crossed Our Wake!

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


Locks: 77

Anchorages: 5

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!

Jeremiah 29:11

16 thoughts on “We Crossed Our Wake!

  1. Rick and Rhonda, congratulations on completing your magnificent voyage. I loved your daily blogs, and I wish you a wonderful and healthy fall and winter. Godspeed to you both.

  2. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement. I have enjoyed reading your informative blog. It has been fun following along with you on your Great Loop adventure!

  3. congratulations from Canada. Unfortunately you could not come through the Trent Severn this year. Yesterday, I saw the first “Loopers” passing through at Orillia for the first time in almost 2 years.

  4. Congratulations to the best Captain and First mate afloat!

    An adventure of a lifetime for you both … and for all the multitude that had the privilege to enjoy your extraordinary hospitality along the way. Thanks so very much!

    1. Thank you for your kind words and your super Duper support of our great Loop adventure! You are among our biggest cheerleaders!
      We enjoyed having you travel with us along the way

  5. Happy for you. Thank you for allowing us to ‘live’ your Adventure with you. So great to see people still dream and reach their goals!

  6. Congratulations! You guys are a great example of how to “reach for the stars” in retirement. It takes a lot of fortitude, planning and sacrifice to do a journey as long as the Great Loop!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Scott! We look forward to seeing you in the Keys next February and boating with you in Canada next summer!

  7. I depart from Eldean/Holland on Labor Day for the Loop. My dock neighbor just informed me of your blog, I look forward to looking back at your adventure as mine unfolds! Graham Mowry Catalina 350 “Knotsofast” on C-dock at Eldean Shipyard.

    1. Thanks for you kind words about our blog. It has been a good way for us to keep track of daily travels and memorable Grat Loop experiences. Wishing you the very best as you embark on your Grat Loop adventure! If we can answer questions, feel free to reach out.

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