MANAGING THE MEDITERRANEAN

AUGUST 25. 

I set the alarm for 04:30. I wanted to follow this canal through Port-de-Bouc, but was advised that this was not only very risky, but very illegal. I back tracked a bit and traversed around a large island. Crossed a bay in the early dark morning and hit strong currents. Hah! Yes back in the ocean. 

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Early start. Industrial gas area.  

 The ocean elements again. Aggh! 

The ocean elements again. Aggh! 

When I stopped for a break, a French naval diver talked to me and said the currents were strong today. A fisherman had told him. That's why I struggled getting to La Couronne. 

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I stopped in Sausset-Les-Pins. Three bananas, a baguette with cheese, orange juice (1 liter) coffee and water hit the spot and I headed back to the ocean elements.  

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Sausset-Les-Pins.  

Energized, I set out again. High waves and wind keep me focused. I pull into a nice port after 10 km. I choose a small restaurant and end up meeting a wonderful waitress and a young owner, Marina. 

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Kayak secured.  

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Marina (left) shared a long lunch. She has a beautiful heart and is finding her way back to a lesser pain-free life after a car collision. She is a survivor which makes her look ahead and not behind. Though sometimes pain does follow us. We talked about life and its challenges. I left refreshed, full and happy in spirit. 

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YES!  I ate it all.  

After lunch, I head out. The wind had died down but the waves were choppy and high, coming in all directions. I pulled into the next port and decided to call it a day. 

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Lovely little port. But a new hat, walked around and had a small beer. 

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While organizing my kayak alongside a small dock, Dominique and Gerard walked by. We started chatting and this ended up in a superb three-course meal. They took the the tab, I thanked them and then tried to find a place to sleep. 

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I sleep on the floor of this abandoned boat. I showere quickly the next morning