Day 3 March 2018

Woohoo! We’re on the move again! 6:30 am; goodbye Sunset Bay. Thank you everyone for all your invaluable help! And thanks, Roberto, for undoing all my lines for me so almost bright and definitely early. Easy Peasy.

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It’s a quiet morning, mostly cloudy and cool in the breeze. There is almost no boat traffic. We got through the St Lucie lock all alone. (Yeah) Sorry, though, it’s not easy to take pictures while locking. Our hands are quite full with holding lines and trying to push away from those scuzzy green walls. I’ll try on the next couple of locks today. It is a very peaceful morning, though.

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Ah, the rugged views along the Okeechobee waterway. No fancy stuff here. 

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Moo! Need I say more?

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... and then there are the really exciting (ha!) sections like this... For hours...

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Here are the back doors of the Port Mayaca lock closing as we were inside waiting to rise for our entry into Lake O.

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...and here are the front doors opening to let us out... 

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 ... the Lake was nice and calm. Easy passage.

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... and here is how hard Bruce was working while on auto-pilot...

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But, boy o boy, the bugs were everywhere! Where is the wind when you need it? These were the slow  ones. The rest flew away as soon as I moved.

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Fortunately the wind did pick up and the bugs went bye-bye in an hour or so.  

So... at the end of a 70 mile and almost 11 hour day, we finally went through the final lock at Moore Haven. We were all prepped and ready to dock at the municipal marina (face dock) but.... not 5 min after the lock and not more than 100 yards before the marina is a swing railroad bridge. On previous transits, it’s always been open.

Of course, when we get there the railroad bridge is down. Huh? The lock master said they were “working on the bridge”. Ok, so we waited and waited. Nothing happened. Then, finally, we hear the whistle and, in what took nearly forever, the train finally crawls across the bridge at a speed so slow we could have walked faster.  A person in a walker could have walked faster! 14 railway cars later it was finally through.

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Then, of course, the bridge had to open. So, again, we waited and waited. Seriously, this bridge moved so slowly we really couldn’t believe it! Finally, finally we got through and approached the dock. Oh crap! There are so many boats already docked there is no room for us! We had to dock at the very small adjacent marina in the very last possible space big enough for us. At least we had  a safe place for the night. We were exhausted! We made a quick easy dinner and collapsed.