of becoming a cruiser.
This summer I did a bike tour
(pedal bike cruising
) of the Pacific northwest
and discovered that I want to learn how to sea kayak
and sail. Eventually I'd like to cruise
with the bike and kayak
in tow. At this point, it looks like it will be a singlehanded affair. I know, I have a long way to go before that dream is in full effect, but hey, I gotta start somewhere; so here I am. This looks like the place on the web to get started learning
the ropes from experienced cruisers, and I appreciate that a forum with so much participation is even available!
A month and a half ago I went to the library and checked out a pile of books
related to sailing. I have browsed several general sailing books
(beginning to learn terminology), read most of Jim Trefethen's book, 'The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager
', and hope to obtain a copy of Beth Leonard's book, 'The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising'. Aside from the more technical books about cruising, I'd like get into reading about other peoples' epic adventures. If you have any suggestions on good reading material please feel free to suggest them. I'm sure I'll find similar advice around the forums as well, so no pressure.
I'm thinking this winter will be dedicated to reading and studying more about sailing and when the ice thaws out in Michigan in 2008, I'll hopefully begin with some hands-on learning.
Anyway, enough blabbering. I'm gonna go read the forums. Cheers!