Over 1,000 miles. That’s how far the Mainship Many Moons, with cat on board, has traveled since leaving Keweenaw Bay on July 30. That’s just 1/6 of the entire Great Loop (which totals 6,000 miles) but it’s a milestone nonetheless … and an improbable milestone in some ways.
As you know by now if you have been following, Jeff is a Type-1 diabetic who has (improbably) maintained a healthy and active lifestyle until age 60. I’m a retired Navy captain, used to “running my own ship,” who has (improbably) put aside my own priorities and lifestyle to support his.
I agreed to help get it started and go as far as Chicago. We are now hundreds of miles past that and heading to the Mississippi.
Loopers – those who undertake The Great Loop — are varied in many ways, but we have some things in common. We agree to take a risk, whether conscious or not. And we are resilient and flexible … or become so!
Jeff and I fit those two parameters, although we show it in very different ways. And today, we got our reward: a long-but-relaxing sail followed by a gorgeous and peaceful anchorage.
This was a record length for us in one day, at 75 miles. (Our very first leg, on Lake Superior, was 70 miles but felt much more rigorous.) We fell in with two other Looper boats, Wind Shift and Das Boot. Their crews are starting to feel like old friends. Photos and captions tell the story.