The two men faced extreme weather, large ocean swells and some health scares. On day three, DeLuca’s kayak almost sank in rough seas due to a leaky rear hatch cover. They battled a case of influenza near Miami, and a serious foot infection requiring hospitalization almost sidelined Windle in St. Augustine. The two pressed on, vowing not to give up.
Despite the hardships, what they remember most is the coastal beauty and acts of kindness and hospitality along the way. A multi-media blog capturing their experiences can be seen at KayakAroundFlorida.wordpress.com/.
For more information on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, visit www.FloridaGreenwaysandTrails.com