Almost Done

I had hoped to leave Vallejo for my trip north as early as a week ago. It wasn’t to be and with the eastern Pacific high showing signs that it doesn’t know that summer is here, I doubt I will leave before mid-month! Talking with a boating friend Friday who is very attuned to theContinue reading “Almost Done”

That’s Done

With the completion of Ti’s visa interview, a goal more than two years in the making, is done. Waking up the next day, the feeling of thank god that’s done, cannot be ignored. Much like euphoria I felt waking up in Castletownbere, on the southeast coast of Ireland on the last days of August 2015,Continue reading “That’s Done”

Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

Getting the Show on the Road

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Having gotten my toothache taken care of by having a root canal the first evening I was back in Huatulco, I was finally felling pretty good. The previous 5 days were a whirlwind of: pain, getting things done in NY, flying to southern MexicoContinue reading “Getting the Show on the Road”

The Plan Comes Together

So, after the two-week (for me) Tet Holiday, life is returning to normal. I was in the “country”. It wasn’t that conducive to writing blogs. But I ate so well and the people are so incredible nice, former VC or not! It was both overwhelming and amazing, but this is a story for another time.Continue reading “The Plan Comes Together”

What I’m Really Afraid Of?

Just when I thought I had the Plan, I read a story about drug driven crime spreading to the west coast of Mexico. Manzanillo, one of my planed stops, was prominently mentioned. Where does that leave me? Besides the obvious, afraid! Last summer I had a detailed plan to cruise up the coast of Mexico,Continue reading “What I’m Really Afraid Of?”

An Opportunity

The plan is coming together. With my new USCG Document clutched in my sweaty hand, Dauntless and I will get underway in July. It will be three months of moving north to winter in northern Mexico.  So, the trip that started in Ireland a year ago will come to a close this fall. But IContinue reading “An Opportunity”

The Summer Plan 2017

I’m having a wonderful time in Vietnam. The longer I am here, the more comfortable I’ve become. Having a motorbike and not having killed myself yet, is a bigger accomplishment than crossing the Atlantic, twice. But I am missing D so much too.  I want to be back on the water.  I promise to neverContinue reading “The Summer Plan 2017”

Why We Cruise

Some people cruise to escape the responsibilities they face on land. Most people cruise to enjoy nature and experience new sights, people, foods and cultures. I cruise to solve problems. In the past week, I have had a number of discussions with friends and fellow cruisers.  Many ask, Richard, you are in a place, theContinue reading “Why We Cruise”

Four Months & 6,000 Miles for Dauntless & Her Intrepid Crew

The table below has our tentative cruising plan for the next four months.  While the dates are somewhat tentative, you know me, I like sticking to the plan. A few explanations about the below chart: The tentative arrival date is just that, but the departure date from the previous port can be derived from theContinue reading “Four Months & 6,000 Miles for Dauntless & Her Intrepid Crew”