Day 4 – to the end of Texada Island (Blubber Point)

Posted: May 28, 2014 by ivyvuu in Uncategorized

It’s funny how the world can feel so small and so big at the same time.

Within just a few days, John has felt embraced by the kindness of strangers, even ran into people who have mutual connections.

At the same time, the world can feel so big when he’s fighting chop and swell and winds that cannot be predicted or tamed



Far left is where John started today, ending on the tip on the right side (just out of view)

As John so eloquently put it, he feels like the ocean gods “owned his ass” at different moments over the last few days.  Though the distance sometimes feels impossible, he directs his thoughts to the positive – it’s not about making it around the island.  The success will be in getting the message out – let’s make the world a safer place for people affected by autism.  Let’s ensure all children have access to sports and recreation.

John took the ferry over to Powell River to grab some grub, and get some needed massage therapy for his back.


Rocky Mountain Pizza and bakery in Powell River


Big THANKS to Erin Perrault who gave John a last massage appointment, and donated her RMT services, as well as some cream for John’s aches and pains.    According to Erin’s professional opinion, John has big and tight erectors.  Those are back muscles for those of you giggling right now!






The pit stop in Powell River would not be complete without some electrolyte replacements and Vitamin C.


John decided to not take the “bad luck bananas”

The exemption on this shopping trip was that John couldn’t bring any bananas back to the boat – an old folk tale tells us why:

“There are many theories on why people believe bananas are bad luck for a boat. One superstition is that boats carrying bananas don’t catch fish. The origin of this belief dates back to the Caribbean trade of the 1700s. The wooden sailing boats of that time had to move quickly to deliver bananas before they spoiled, and fishermen had a hard time trolling for fish on such fast-moving boats, which is how the superstition came about. Another superstition that originated during that time is that bananas will cause a boat to sink. This belief developed after many boats never made it to their destinations, and all of the doomed boats were carrying bananas.”  Source – Deadliest Catch



Luckily, John didn’t have to lug his boat up and down from the beach, thanks to Dale from Blubber Bay Quarry.


Thanks for the temporary digs, Dale!


Good night, John.  Take care of those erectors!


Tomorrow John heads into more open crossings.  He’s expecting northwest winds of 5 to 15 knots for Wednesday to cross to Savary Island.

  1. Thank you Erin & Dale for your kindness! ❤

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