|Jamestown Bridge, Newport, RI|
|A visit from Steve|
Today is moving day and we are out of our house. With a one day stop in New Rochelle to visit Mom we should be living aboard Atalanta by Friday! Recent days have been focused on packing all of our belongings in a 40 foot container and stocking Atalanta with what we think we will need for the next two years aboard. With the transition in full swing, the magnitude of our adventure is finally hitting. Spending time with family and friends has even more meaning. Kay and I are looking forward to visits from friends and family. We have our first booking for the end of February and are very excited to think about hosting Sue and Dennis in paradise.
Atalanta is having some final work done on her this week. Custom Navigation is installing our AIS system, which will allow us to identify other boats by name on the open seas. This is a key piece of safety equipment for open water passage making. We are also getting our SAT phone set up so we will be able to access phone and data regardless of our location, including out at sea.
With a little bit of luck, we will be leaving Bristol, RI the first week in September. Our first leg of the journey will take us to familiar waters in Long Island Sound, culminating with a visit with Mom.
Many of you have helped us greatly to prepare for this trip. Kay and I are very grateful. From Paul allowing us to store our container, to Rachel and Pat baby sitting our Truck, to Tara and Chad helping us move, to Dennis and Susan with all their advice, ideas and experience. There are others, too many to list including all the venders, mechanics, and Bristol Marine. Thank you one and all.
Our next posting will be the first of the actual voyage. Stay tuned and stay in touch.