We are back after two years. We actually left the St. John River at the first of October 2004. Our path took us out of the Bay of Fundy to Eastport, where we checked into customs
. Next day took us to Cutler, through an awful mess of lobster traps. The next jump was a cold, wet, rough 30 hour trip to Portland
, Me. From there, we daysailed to Kennebunk River. Next day we made Gloucester, and on the next day sailed to Provincetown, where we took time to go ashore and see a rather unique culture and some really wild adult shops.
Next stop was Onset, and meeting our first other travelling cruisers for pizza and blues. When the weather allowed 3 days later, we got to Newport
for a visit, then went to East Greenwich for a one-week wait for the appropriate, late October weather window.
When Herb Hilgenberg said it was time, we flew downriver and headed to Bermuda, arriving 7 days later. We had to wait in Bermuda for 3 weeks, leaving the last week in November, to arrive in the BVIs just when our insurance
policy would allow us to be there.
Trip home was through the Bahamas and up the coast, taking way too long, and with little to see at the pace we set.
Our path, both up and down, was the result of significant consultation with many experienced sailors. The path down, at least, is the path we'll take next time.