Remembering my row from Manchester-by-the-Sea to Nahant, Ma 8 September 2015. I was intending a shorter row that day... I'll row to Nahant next year was my thinking.
I have stood on East Point (Nahant) looking East- Northeast, dreaming of this row many times and the challenges it presented: Weather ~ wind ~ tide ~ time & distance. I put my rowing shell on my land rover and headed to Tuck's Point early morning. I remember leaving the dock heading towards Misery Island--a short, direct row from Manchester. Rowing to the north side, I then thought I would row to Beverly, but It seemed far to the eye--Marblehead appeared closer.
I took the easier way! Marblehead, Lighthouse Point it was. Arriving off Marblehead I remembered my charts...I was more than halfway to Nahant.
I rarely turn in the face of challenge. This day was no different. I continued around Marblehead Neck, past Tinker's Island and then... Nahant appeared! Wow, how quickly I had forgotten the distance and the tide runs brisk in that area.
Arriving at Short beach over an hour later I called my daughter, Brianna to come and meet me. She asked, "Dad, where the heck did you come from?" I mentioned Manchester. She said, "You rowed?! Why would you do that?"
Now I had to get back to Manchester by the Sea... to get my Land Rover. I always thought I'd just take an Uber to the train station: simple, fast...too easy. No matter how much I like trains (only a 26 min ride), there's no Challenge!
No, I'll bike back... It was simply a Beautiful day; I had never done that either. Off I went.
A nice ride for sure--in touch with nature both ways to and from Manchester. I made it to Tuck's Point, put my bike on the rack, and drove back to Nahant. When I got back to load the shell on the Land Rover.... I thought hey: I just did a Triathalon!
The last leg (the ride back) rewarded me with Bob Marley! :-) and on the cassette: Don't worry about a thing... cause every little thing's gonna be alright! No truer words have been spoken.