Motoring along the coast
Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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And luckily, Luperon is very small. As we passed Lance, Andy, and Keith, they told us they hadn't seen him since the Comandante, but when we circled back, both Eduardo and I managed to spot Pete in a small market. Since Pete didn't know Caleb and I had swapped the dinghy, he'd gone ahead and purchased groceries for me. He and Eduardo chatted quickly, and Pete and I wandered off to find some breakfast toting a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables and three flats of eggs. We hoped for a quick internet stop as well, but the two places that offer it were both closed! Oh well. We saw Lance, Andy, and Keith on the next block, so Pete walked over to discuss the plan with them and they decided to join us for breakfast. We all had everything in order to move on, so it would just be stopping back in with the Comandante to complete the rest of our despacho.
Luckily, checking out didn't take too long as we would already be getting a late start. But, as when we checked in, there seemed to be a $15 or $20 fee for just about everything. Oh well. They tell us we won't have to repay things when we arrive in Samana - let's hope. We took the Comandante and colleague in the dinghy with us back to Hejira
Yolo had one small hitch with their engine, but it was just a quick fix of bleeding one of the fuel lines - they had been in Luperon a week already when we arrived, so it had been a while since running their engine. Once they did that, we were ready to go. We followed them out of the anchorage, and we went by Sol Surfing with Celeste and Gary on deck, bidding us farewell. They're waiting on a part to arrive for their auto-helm on Monday but are then planning to catch the next weather window out. We hope to see them again soon.
We had a beautiful day today, motor sailing along the coast. It was really enjoyable to have Pepe doing the driving with plenty of scenery to keep us occupied. We'll work our way along the coast, staying within one or two nautical miles, the 120-mile trip to Samana. We expect it to take about 24 hours, so we should arrive early afternoon tomorrow. It's fun to be cruising along with Yolo right there, and we're monitoring our own VHF channel so we can chat and heckle freely. We look forward to exploring the area of Samana and the national park that is nearby.
Also - this was my first time trying to blog underway at night. Turns out that can be a bit screwy what with not being able to see outside, thus getting a sense of our movement... Just booted. Lesson learned. Going to go eat a packet of soda crackers and sit on deck. G'night!