Originally Posted by Birdseed
Here is a test that will determine whether you are ready.
How do you feel when returning to port?
a. Relieved, glad to be home.
b. Sad, wishing you can turn back out to sea.
The answer you have will be self evident.
Wait a minute though. I'm always relieved when I get back but of course my cruising is somewhat primitive although I do have internet
etc. And the pace of cruising is so slow and hard for me to adjust to.
After returning and getting some rest though, the sun high is still with me. While at my desk at work, I am reminded of the hardships that I overcame and the workout I got if the weather was rough which it is here a lot in the Spring and Fall.
Then there's the hiking up and down the cliffs at Kiptopeke and the view. Next year, I'll be exploring the York River and it's quiet anchorages
and further up the bay.
I also start thinking about the things I need to do to the boat to make my next "cruise" better. By the next weekend, I'm usually ready to go again or at least take a relaxing day sail along the shore of the bay which is usually something of a reach. (after a long bike ride, run, or workout)