|10 May 2014||Partly Cloudy||68F|
|Fill both tanks, pump out, disconnect starboard alternator|
|11:00AM||Depart Riverfront Marina Newburgh, NY|
|We slow down/speed up for the fishermen|
|On the wrong side of the tide|
|2:20PM||Dock at Rondout Yacht Basin|
|Connelly / Kingston, NY|
|Summary||elapsed 3.3hr||ave 8.0kts||24.0 gal total||27.8nm|
We bid Half Moon Cove Marina a fond farewell and slid quietly into the fog. Visibility was 2 miles, enough to see the next markers and oncoming boats, but not enough to make out things past the shoreline.
Once the hills got higher than the clouds it was like driving in a tunnel of woods and rocks. Not much for sightseeing. After about an hour the clouds lifted and the fog cleared and we could see along the sides. So many amazing houses embedded in the hillsides!
Some barge traffic both ways, we did well passing the one by West Point. We picked up speed (from our normal 9 knots to 14 knots to get around and ahead. It’s just a blip in the video.
West Point is huge and it’s another of those places that uses every square inch of the hill. I can see why it was a great place to mount guns. High up, on part of the river that makes a 90 degree turn so boats have to present a broad side to you going by and have to also slow down.
We soon docked at Newburgh NY at Riverside Marina. It’s a great place to be a boater, 5 places to eat within a 5 minute walk.
A friend of Susan’s came to visit, after a boat tour and some chatting we headed up to the showroom / factory for Orange County Choppers (from the TV show American Chopper). The showroom had some of the more famous bikes (Firefighter, Police, Spider, Apache Copter) and a ton of OCC clothing. We got there too late the build area was dark and empty. It is a pretty amazing machine shop with bike assembly on one side and a wide array of lathes, cutters, benders on the other.
On the way back we stopped for a dinner of ribs, burgers and chicken. The best part was the baked beans with burnt ends. (Burnt ends are the crispy parts of the pork shoulder that they trim away before shredding the pork for sandwiches. Some places sell just a platter of Burnt Ends, try it).
Next morning (Friday) was cloudy / drizzly. We headed out to Motorcyclepedia it is 85,000 square feet of museum space with over 450 Motorcycles from 1897-Today. Best part are the timeline Indian and Harley Davidson galleries. Well not really, the BEST part was a number of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s bikes from the late 60′s and early 70′s. As a kid that built models, they were the best with the wacky designs and colors.
We had gotten hooked up with one of the volunteer docents, he gave us a tour of the Harley’s and the earliest bikes. There were a lot of cool mechanical designs back in the early years of motorcycles. They are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, well worth the trip.
Susan’s friend headed home and we managed to squeeze a nap in for the afternoon. The Culinary Institute of America is near our next stop, but sadly all three restaurants were fully booked. So that will need to wait for our next loop for us to try.
Now that the oven is working, Susan made meat loaf and butternut squash for dinner. Yum!
Saturday started off in the same foggy blend, but the National Weather Service held promise for a nicer afternoon. So I cleaned the outside of the boat, filled both water tanks and got us pumped out. We were ready to head north, and by 10:30 the weather had cleared and at 11 we were off.
|8 May 2014||Fog and Drizzle||55F|
|11:15AM||Depart Half Moon Cove Marina|
|Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant|
|12:24PM||Bump speed up||2,200rpm||8.5kts|
|12:45PM||Pass tug at||2,900rpm||12.5kts||~22gph|
|Not happy with the speed, should be 16kts|
|2:20PM||Dock at Newburgh, NY|
|Summary||elapsed 3.1hr||ave 7.5kts||22.4gal total||22.5nm|
|7 May 2014||Clear and Bright||66F|
|11:00AM||Depart Liberty Island Marina, NY|
|12:00PM||S of George Washington Bridge||2,200rpm||7.8kts||4.0gal||6.7nm||1:00PM||Yonkers||2,200rpm||8.4kts||8.5gal||15.4nm|
|Running with the tide!||2:20PM||Dock at Half Moon Bay Marina|
|Croton-on-Hudson, NY||Summary||elapsed 4.0hr||ave 8.1kts||32.0gal total||32.4nm|
Trip from Liberty Landing to Half Moon Cove Marina in Croton-on-Hudson
7 May 2014
Our goal is New York, NY! Pretty excited about driving up the harbor past the Statue of Liberty!
But first, out of Manasquan and north. A very uneventful trip, water was once again flat and calm. Love that autopilot. We arrived 3 hours later at the Ambrose Channel. Happily there was a freighter 5 miles ahead, and nothing astern so we could take our time and not be in anyones way.
We got caught in some pretty swirly currents, slowing our speed and also pushing the boat direction around. It’s caused by the currents from the Hudson River dumping into the Atlantic. Soon we were passing under the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. I have been over this bridge many times, but it’s more impressive going under it. It is HUGE!!! Once we were past the bridge, the current was less and we were able to keep our course.
Next up was passing the Statue of Liberty. We came as close as the exclusion area would allow and Susan got some great shots. About 20 minutes later we were docking at Liberty Landing Marina, home port for another night!
We closed up the boat and headed for the Ellis Island Ferry. Once aboard we were quickly taken and deposited on Ellis Island. It is a pretty amazing setup, but sadly most of the exhibits on the second and third floor were closed. (When Sandy hit, the basement with all the power was flooded, so they lost all of their environmental systems to keep the artifacts safe). I was impressed with how many people came through there and what an ordeal the trip must have been. I’ll never whine about the customs line at JFK again.
There is a large exhibit on the expansion of the US and how we displaced the native Indians. They graphically display the millions moved and sadly the hundreds of thousands that died in the process.
We then boarded another ferry for the Statue of Liberty. Susan wanted to see the Statue close up, and the ferry ride took care of that. So we hopped onto another ferry and headed across the river to Battery Park.
We walked about 10 blocks to an MTA station to find that we wouldn’t be able to take those trains to Chinatown. So we went back upstairs and got a taxi (Susan has amazing Taxi karma!) to take us to Chinatown.
Our goal was “Soup Dumplings” or Xiao Long Bao that she had read about. They are a dumpling with pork and a liquid broth inside. Look for her food post for details.
After dinner it was a taxi back to a ferry landing and then a short ride across the river to Liberty Landing Marina. We were home after a long but exciting day.
The next morning we did laundry and I worked on the oil pressure gauge (my fix didn’t work) and the port tachometer (which I did fix, there was a bad connection).
At 11AM with laundry done we slid out of our berth and headed north up the Hudson to explore the great north. If we only had beaver hats to wear!
|6 May 2014||Few scattered clouds||55F|
|Time||Location||RPM||Speed||Fuel||Distance||7:15AM||Depart Manasquan, NJ|
|10:00AM||Entering Ambros Range||2,200rpm||~9.3kts||11.7gal||24.4nm|
|Flat with rocky spots, light ship traffic|
|Swirly currents, dropped a knot in speed|
|Once clear the bridge speed back up to 9.3kts|
|11:40AM||Statute of Liberty looks cool from the water|
|12:00PM||Dock at Liberty Landing, NJ|
|Summary||elapsed 5.2hr||ave 8.8kts||38.8gal total||40.8nm|
We left Atlantic City at 7AM to catch the last of the outbound tide and to get on flat waters. The ride up was nice and we were making good time. Rather than trying to navigate the shoals at Barnagat Inlet we decided to press on to Manasquan. This would add about another two hours to our trip, but we had music and flat seas, so why not?
If you watch the time lapse movies that Susan creates you can see that there isn’t much going on. We have an autopilot and for these long stretches I really rely on it to drive the boat. We are able to sit and chat, walk around, etc. We just need to keep an eye out for trash, crab pots (too early for that) and other boats.
We arrived at the Manasquan at noon, just about slack tide, but a fair amount of wind. We stopped at the Hoffman’s Marina fuel dock to get directions and to get the holding tank pumped out. We opted for the T-head next to the railroad tracks. After some maneuvering and a docking tip by Larry the owner, we were all tied up for the next few days. With the way the current rips through the river, having two sets of spring lines was an important part.
We opted for naps and hanging out on the boat the first afternoon. Susan made pork cutlets for dinner and we got caught up on the prior week of Mad Men.
Sunday was project/cleaning day. I had two sections of teak that needed some gentle sanding and a new coat of Cetol. Sikkens Cetol Marine varnish is the way to cover wood on a boat. It’s durable, comes in a light gloss and is $45 per quart. But a quart goes a long way. Both sections came out great, can’t tell that they were touched up.
On Sunday we found out about the current for real. With a west wind at 20kts gusting to 25kts the current was running about 5kts. Which made it interesting for boats coming against the current trying to get through the train bridge opening. I checked our lines often to make sure we would be OK. I was worried about the wind creating a super low tide.
By dinner time the winds had died down some so we walked about 10 minutes down to the Union Landing Restaurant. We ate inside, but there is a massive outdoor patio/bar that has a great view of Hoffman’s West Marina. I had the Clams Oreganato, clams stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs and garlic and the appetizer sized Shrimp Scampi. No need to worry about Vampires with all that garlic! Susan had the Union Landing Crab Delight – Lump Crab with Artichoke Hearts, Lemon Butter and Parmesan Cheese since she loves artichokes.
Monday was clear but a little windy. We knew our next stop was New York Harbor, and I wasn’t thrilled trying to dodge boats and 3′ waves. Our plan B was to head into town. We walked the 1.5 mile into town to pick up some items at the drug store. Since it was Cinco de Mayo we had to have Mexican food. We ate at Bubbakoo’s Burritos. I had tacos with the mango sauce, very good with the pork. On the way back we stopped at the local Acme and headed back to the boat for naps.
After napping I went over to Hoffman’s West (just across the railroad tracks) to talk to the crews of Happy Hours II and Whisper. Whisper was heading up to Boston, Happy Hours II is taking the Erie Canal back to Ohio. We had met them at Utsch’s Marina in Cape May. Their plan was to sail at first light for NY. They were successful, as you can see from the photo above.
On Tuesday we slipped away from the dock about 7 AM to head north to the Big Apple!
|3 May 2014||Partly Cloudy||55F|
|8:00AM||5mi NNE Atlantic City||2,300rpm||~9.8kts||3.7gal||7.1nm|
|Seas calm with small rollers|
|Rollers at 8 second period. Rollers making it hard to fix a speed|
|Decide to press on to Manasquan|
|Winds starting to freshen up|
|12:30PM||Dock and pump out|
|Summary||elapsed 5.5hr||ave 9.8kts||59.8gal||52.9nm|
We were met in Atlantic City by one of Susan’s work friends. We chatted for 30 minutes and then she gave us a ride to the Atlantic City Aquarium. The Aquarium is small, about 10,000 sqft in three floors. It has a lot of please touch tanks on the first floor for kids to get close with the fish.
The Aquarium is on a spit that has lots of little shops and stalls set up. Being there the first week in May not much was open. We wandered around and ended up at the Back Bay Ale house for a drink and to plan the rest of our stay. It’s nice, a good place to hang out in the evenings with a decent selection of pub grub. A very good selection of beers, they had most of the 21st Amendment selections, with my favorite Back in Black.
Since it was Susan’s Birthday we needed to do something nice, remembering we had left our formal ware at home. She chose Dock’s Oyster House Restaurant in the main downtown area. An 11 minute taxi ride and we were being escorted to our linen top table by a waiter wearing a long, shin length apron. Susan had oysters and crab cakes, but she wrote about them.
I had Clams Casino, Oysters Parmesan and grilled shrimp (all from the appetizers menu). But the hit of my meal was the “Pommes Souffle”. Pommes = Potato, check! Souffle = eggs, check! , so a potato eggy goodness was a perfect order.
Except that is not what they were. They were French Fries. Hollow French Fries. Wait, hollow and the sides were thin and very crispy. With just a sprinkle of salt. They were great! After eating these, you will never eat a plain, dull french fry again. Kitchen said to slice potatoes on a mandolin very thin. Then cook them until they are slightly underdone. Cool and dry. Fry in hot oil until brown and crispy. Let me know if you are able to make them.
For dessert we had Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Key Lime Pie. The Key Lime pie was a little different than what Susan bakes, it had a thicker chewier crust. The Strawberry and Rhubarb were in perfect balance the sweet offset by the tart. A wonderful birthday meal.
We were lucky to grab a cab right outside and were home in time to watch the night sky of Atlantic City to light up.
When water, wind and tides are involved, there is a constant movement of the ocean floor. Same with a marina, silt washes in through the entrance and slowly fill the slips and basin with additional material. A large storm can hasten the flow of material.
Tonight we watched the dredge at work clearing out slips and the basin. The dredge sits on a powered barge. At one end is an A-Frame that has a single beater about 3′ across. The beater is lowered into the water where it stirs up the silt layer. A large pump driven by a two cylinder diesel engine sucks water from next to the beater and up a long 10″ diameter flexible hose. The hose runs about 400′ into a giant catch pit.
The fluid, about 5 parts water to one part material, sprays across the entire pit. The water filters down through the ground and out, back into the marina. They can dredge a 30′ wide path 6 feet down at about 10 feet per hour.
The dredge in the picture was built in 1950 from parts from 1930′s trucks. The builder was self taught, and built the dredge platform and all of the machinery without plans. It’s been used a number of times to dredge the marina.
They started a year ago and have about a third of the marina done. The dredge works a double shift, the night shift there is very little boat traffic to work around. They are hoping to get two more rows done before boating season really takes off.
The silt is sold as topsoil after a year. The first year nothing will grow with the high salt content. Once the rain and snow have a chance to work, the salt flushes away and then the silt with its high nutrient content is left.
Today I made my first ham radio contact in about 5 years! With the rain at Cape May we’ve had some much appreciated down time. I had been working on repacking, but needed to be extra quiet during nap time.
So I broke out my hand held and programmed in a local repeater. (That took the first hour since I had long forgotten how to set it up) I put my call out “Good afternoon, this is K3FXS”, and got an immediate response from the repeater operator! A nice chat for a few moments, but I was back on the air!
Next up was to assemble my Arrow Antenna that I use to use for satellite contacts.
It’s called an Arrow since it’s made of lightweight aluminum arrow shafts. When apart, it’s in a cloth bag about 3″ by 22″, so it makes it very transportable.
At this point we are at dead low tide and my direct shot is through the Rt 109 bridge. But I was able to make a simplex (direct) contact on 446 MHz at both 5 watts and at 1 watt. So with the Arrow I should be able to communicate with (aka “hit”) the repeaters everywhere we go.
Next up will be to get the other radio to work. That will need a sunny day since that antenna needs to be mounted outside. But it’s great to be back on the air again!
28 April 2017 66F clear, light winds
9:45 AM Depart
11:00 AM Salem Power Plant 2,500 RPM 11.5 kts to get to high tide 11.6 gal
11:45 AM Buoy 4L 2,500 RPM 11.5 kts 21.4 gal
1:00 PM Liston Range 2,100 9.8 kts 31.4 gal
1:45 PM Miah Maull 2,100 37.0 9.8 kts 37 gal
2:45 PM Turn to Cape May – 2-3 ft waves
3:50 PM Dock
54.4 nm top 14.5 kts average 8.8
Hours 1049.4 1030.5 elapsed 6.1 hr 51.6 gal
|27 April 2014||Partly Sunny||64F|
|Gas Dock 50 gal * 2 @ $3.85 = $385.00|
|9:15AM||CD Canal – Speed test||2,500rpm||~13.9kts|
|Seas calm light wind|
|10:0AM||Shafers Canal House||2,100rpm||~10.kts||5.4gal|
|11:00AM||St. Georges Bridge||2,300rpm||~10.2kts||8.5gal|
|Summary||elapsed 3.1hr||ave 7.5kts||21.8gal||23.1nm|
From our new first mate, Kilted Pig: When the bands stop playing, and the beer is gone, and somehow, ye’ve lost yer kilt… there’s only one thing to left do…. RETIRE.
The Wee Piggie is embarking on the retirement journey of a lifetime with Captain Foster, Susan, Belle – sailing around the Eastern United States in what is called “THE GREAT LOOP”.
Wee Kilted Pig has had many adventures so far: Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Russia, The Dominican Republic, Las Vegas, oh, and SKYDIVING?!? But this is really one for the history books folks! What’s even better, is that the spirit of Wee Kilted Pig will live on and continue his usual shenanigans, while ‘First Mate Pig’ will take on the duties associated with water life…. Including but not limited to grog procurement, mermaid control, penicillin injections, pirate poker league organization, and avoiding being buried in the kitty’s litter box. Oh, yeah… and maybe not trying to fall overboard….
For those of you who are new to the adventures of the Pig, there is a cartoon called Pearls before Swine where one of the main characters is Pig. My daughter has a stuffed version that she has taken all over the world with her. We’ve offered to take “First Mate Pig” with us on another adventure.
As part of the preparation work is things under the water. The staff at Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbor used the lift to pull the boat up then put it on blocks and stands so they could work on it.
The bottom paint was in pretty good shape, only one section had a major growth of barnacles on it. They spent some time scraping the area to clean it to be painted. The previous owner had put a great epoxy barrier coat down so the work went about as well as can be expected.
While the boat was out of the water we also did a propeller swap. I had the spare propellers reconditioned at MR Props in North East MD. They take the propeller and put it on a device that looks like a lathe. They spin the propeller to make sure that it “tracks”, that all the blades have the same movement through the water. They also check that the propeller is balanced, so that it does not vibrate the shaft and the boat. Lastly they check the “cup” or internal curvature of the blade. The cup is what scoops additional water up and pushes it off the blade adding some efficiency to the propeller.
Last thing to check is the zincs. If you look at the picture, there are two rectangles at the bottom, these are the trim tabs. Looking closer you can see round circles on them. These are the zincs. They are mounted on the boat to prevent corrosion of the shafts, trim tabs, motor components, etc. You can see that the two on the tabs are pitted and chewed. They have been dissolved by the corrosive underwater activity. Above the tabs is a much bigger zinc, it’s in pretty good shape, so it will last another year.
While we will be traveling and seeing the sites as we go along I expect to have some down time. While there is a ton of boat maintenance that needs to be done, with weather delays I’ll need something to occupy my time. (There is only so much internet to be able to surf).
So projects and activities that I’ll be doing:
Amateur Radio – I’ve been a ham radio operator for a number of years. I was pretty active when I got my license. I talked most days on my ride to and from work. In 2005 my car got broken into and the radio got stolen. I didn’t replace it and was off the air. Recently I got a new radio and an antenna to make a new portable setup. I’m in the process of now assembling all the parts to get it all to work together, but not take up a lot of space.
Electronic kits – I’ve been hoarding some electronic kits to assemble. They range from a Nixie tube clock to accessories for the Raspberry Pi. I got some really cool art boards to work on so I won’t damage the table top in the salon. I have a pretty big stock of components to take, all in all about 20 days worth of kits to assemble.
Arduino kits – I also picked up a few Arduino + electronic kits to work with. So I’ll be able to do some combination microcontroller and electronics projects. At one point back in the 80′s I was pretty good with 8051 chips, but thats a set of skills that has gone away. So I’m hoping that when I start some of the unused brain cells will come back to life.
Robots – I’m taking my VEX-IQ kit with me. I have the Super kit and the additional builder kit. So I should be able to practice my build assembly skills. The bonus is that the VEX-IQ kit has lots of pre-made parts so I won’t need to have the mess of cutting parts. There is also a CAD program that I want to learn, so this will give me practice on designing something and then assembling it.
Computer Languages – I’m bringing a Raspberry Pi to play with. One of my goals is to become proficient in both Scratch and Python. I’ve got a pair of Scratch books and I was a backer of a Introduction to Python book. So I expect to be able to have good examples to work with. The only problem will be trying to get access to the TV to be able to use it as a monitor. I can always use VNC to connect in from my laptop.
Board games — Susan has a stack of games, but I’ll let her post on that.
So all in all, I have about 75 days worth of stuff to work on. So it’s doubtful that I’ll be going “I’m bored!” But I don’t want to blow our weather karma, since that many rainy days will make it a very wet trip.
At the end of March we had a small get together to say farewell to people I’ve worked with at different places across the last 5 years. We filled La Poblanita on Lancaster Pike in Wilmington. With people cycling in and out we didn’t violate the fire code, but we came very close.
It was a great evening of stories and people that had not seen each other in years catching up. (Turns out that Delaware is a very small town for IT people, everyone seems to know everyone else). Lots of great last minute gossip and one last chance being plugged into the rumor mill.
The antique compass / sundial (and the chart magnifying glass on the main banner) are a gifts from close friends from India. Just in case the GPS fails, we can find our way home.
A very pleasant evening, but another marker in our relentless march to the sea.
One of the features of owning a 20+ year old boat is that you can get it for a reasonable price. One of the problems is that there are 20 year old items that need to be repaired or replaced.
The propulsion system of the Quo Vadimus is twin 250HP Hino engines. They are very similar to what you would find in a Japanese truck. The biggest difference is how they are cooled. In a boat we suck raw water from under the boat. It then goes through a radiator that is called a Manicooler. It is a 4″ brass tube that has about 20 1/4″ smaller tubes on the inside. Raw sea water passes through the big tube, swirling around the smaller tubes cooling them.
The raw water continues into the metal devices shown above, they are called risers. The hot exhaust from the cylinders comes into the big openings. The water swirls around the outside cooling the exhaust. At the very end of the riser, the water is mixed with the exhaust gases to cool them even more, the final temperature is about 15 degrees higher than when it started.
The exhaust / water mixture then travels down a 8″ tube to the rear of the boat and is dumped overboard. The water cooling allows the exhaust to travel through the aft compartment without burning anything.
The original risers were made of cast iron and were beginning to clog with sediment and had tinges of rust. While they would have lasted another year, it was a good time to replace them.
So in 2013, we opted to take the exhaust out, clean the manicoolers, pressure test all the tubes and then powder coat the insides to reduce corrosion. Earl, our Hino engine guru, had the two risers show above custom made. The one on the port (left hand side) engine used to go at a diagonal across the center of the lazarette, really taking up a lot of space. The new one runs the exhaust hose across the back of the engine and then along the hull. This freed up a ton of storage space.
And while Earl had everything opened up, he checked the adjustment of the valves to make sure things would run smoothly. So at this point we are all set with major engine work. I will need to do the easy things like oil and filter changes every 100 hours, etc.
One of my longest dreams (other than being an astronaut) is to travel by boat the “Great Loop of America”.
The Great Loop is a circumnavigation around the eastern half of the United States. We will start in the Upper Chesapeake Bay, go down the C&D Canal, down the Delaware Bay, up the New Jersey coast into New York at New York City . We travel up the Hudson (past the Statue of Liberty), take a left at the Erie Canal and follow it for about 100 miles. Then north past Oswego, then shooting across Lake Ontario we enter the Trent/Severn waterway. This leads us up to the Georgian Bay and following the Northern Passage across the upper edge of Lake Huron and then into Lake Michigan.
Down the eastern edge of Lake Michigan into Chicago (yes, down the middle of Chicago) and into the Illinois River. Now heading south we enter the Upper Mississippi. Following it south past the St. Louis Arch and then about 200 miles and we join the Tennessee River. (This is about the half way point) We follow the Tennessee south meeting up with the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway and pop out in the Gulf of Mexico.
We then follow the Florida Shore line until we hit the Atlantic Ocean and Georgia. Coming inside off the ocean we travel up the Inter-Costal Waterway to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Norfolk VA. 400 miles later we are home.
Total of 6000 miles. We expect to take a year doing it, traveling slow and with the weather.
The flag is from the American Great Loop Cruisers Association. At any given time there are about 200 boats along the loop. We fly the flag so that we can meet other people as crazy as we are to take a year off to go boating. There are lots of people that have done the loop, there are a few that have done it more than once. (It’s also said that there are some boats out on the loop for over 5 years looking at everything along the way. )
Welcome to Quo Vadimus Marine! This site is about the adventures on the Quo Vadimus, a 1993 Bayliner 4588 Pilothouse. We’ve had three years of other cool adventures, but this is the formal opening of our blog.
Our big adventure coming up is to travel the “Great Loop”. We will be taking off for a year to travel around the eastern US.
The first set of posts will be about getting set to go, then we will be posting out trip once we get underway. This will be our way of keeping in touch with our friends and family back home.
The crew of the Quo Vadimus is:
Foster – our Captain for the voyage. Chief boat driver and responsible for all the mechanical systems.
Susan – the Admiral (inside boat joke, the Admiral always out ranks the Captain.) She is our chief navigator and head chef for all the wonderful meals we are about to eat.
Belle – the boat cat. She is the most excited about the trip, but she is hiding it well.
We are looking forward to the trip and hope you enjoy reading about our voyage.
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. -John Steinbeck