Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Opua: 4; 50

        The above two photographs were taken 7,101 nautical miles; 8,172 miles; 13,151 kilometers; apart.
        Four years ago today I became the owner of Moore 24, hull #40, then GROWLER, now GANNET.
        Since then she has crossed two-thirds of a continent and the Pacific Ocean.
        I have lived aboard her for a little more than one of those years, fourteen months total, mostly in six to eight week segments, but continuously for six months last year from early May to early November.
        I am fortunate.  GANNET is the right boat for me.  She suits me perfectly.
        Happy birthday, GANNET.


        Yesterday afternoon I worked out on the foredeck, finishing with fifty pain free push-ups.   A few months ago I couldn’t do five.  The “nearly complete” tear in the supraspinatus will never heal; but the shoulder itself is amazingly better.


        I am unpizzaed.
        I rowed ashore Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
        The sign at the General Store says “Pizza daily from 4:00 p.m.”  Apparently Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday aren’t days.  I was told that pizza is only available Thursday through Sunday.
        I walked to the marina building and showered, then decided to stop at the Opua Cruising Club for a drink.  The sign there says:  Bar and Bistro open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m.  It was now 4:30.  I went in.  No one at the bar.  No one in the club house.  
        I said to myself:  Webb, go back to GANNET where you belong.  
        And did.