October 4-9, 2018 Pentwater, Michigan & Muskegon, MI.  

After seventy-five days and close to thirteen hundred miles since I left Vermont, it’s time to haul out the boat for the winter. No more travel until next year. The weather is not cooperating and I’m getting farther and farther behind as the weather turns colder on the Great Lakes.

October 5: Departed Ludington, MI for a two hour run to Pentwater, MI due to weather constraints. The city dock is right downtown along the main boulevard. This is a summer resort town and the place was pretty much deserted. Most of the stores and restaurants were closed for the season. I stayed two nights and then made a six hour run to Muskegon, MI. Spent the night at the Harbor Town Marina and watched the dismal weather report through October 22 rule out any travel on Lake Michigan. Twenty plus knot winds from the south or west were forecasted everyday. These are the kind of winds that make it unsafe and unpleasant for me to travel on Lake Michigan.

October 7-9. Prepped Katrina for a long winter’s nap at Torrensen’s Marine prior to the boat being hauled out of the water. I was very lucky to have such a nice marina right here on Lake Muskegon. The lake is five miles long that joins Lake Michigan via a narrow channel.  You can visited a restored World War II submarine, the U.S.S Silversides, on this lake. I rented a car and will head back to Michigan via the Mackinac Bridge ( I cruised under it, I might as well drive over it). I will venture through Canada on my way back to Vermont.

I have no idea when my trip will continue. I will decide in the Spring of 2019 on an actual date. You will know when I know what is happening. Thanks for the comments and concerns throughout the trip. If Santa Claus is listening, I want an autopilot for Katrina.

With warmest regards,

Rob Lencke

Robert.lencke@gmail.com

Off season in Pentwater, Michigan.
Public fish cleaning station that is found throughout Michigan. This one is in Pentwater, MI
Katrina II and the dinghy ready to be hauled out for the winter at Torresen’s Marina in Muskegon, MI

Headed home for the winter. See you in the warmer days of 2019. Don’t be fooled by the T-shirt weather in Muskegon. We had a two day hiatus of 80 degrees but that’s about to end. At least all the sails and equipment were put away dry for the winter.

Yours truly- Rob Lencke

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