Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 16 - 150 miles to home!

We left Sheboygan, WI around 11am Sunday, ready for our 150 mile journey home! We were lucky to have a beautiful day, and a flat calm lake to greet us.

We made a stop in Port Washington after about 25 miles to fuel up. Gas here was 40 cents cheaper than Sheboygan, and we found it to be a really cute little town that we plan on going back to visit!

About 3 hours into the trip, we stopped for lunch outside Racine, WI. This is a typical lunch on the boat for us!
Ben was pretty excited when we passed Milwaukee, as it seemed pretty close to home!

We followed the shore all the way to Chicago, and then turned to cut across the lake back to Portage.

Back outside Burns Waterway, Ben's parents met us in their boat, Executive Decision, to film our entrance back home! Thanks Bill & Kathy! :-)

Entering the channel back to our marina was both exciting and a little sad. It was nice to be back in familiar waters, and we had never realized how good we have it in Indiana on the southern tip of the lake! It seemed like we had the warmest and best water conditions around, and also the best marina friends, whom we missed! :-)

This is Seapickle II back home in her slip

And me enjoying some Summer Shandy back at the marina!

Our 150 mile journey home took about 7.5 hours, and after a couple hours of talking to family and marina friends, we were ready to get home! But we are already planning the next trip! Look for a post soon on the summary of our trip and the lessons we learned along the way!
Miles: 165.7
Time: 7hrs 21min
Fuel used: 74.6Gal
Avg Mpg: 2.22
Total Miles: 941.3
Total fuel used: 453.9Gal
Total Avg Mpg: 2.07


  1. Glad to have you guys back safe and sound! That was cool that mom and dad met you out on the waters. Maybe someday Kirk and I will have a boat to join the family fleet. ;)

  2. just browsing through the four winns forum can came across one of your posts. I loved reading about your trip and i'm impressed at the miles you put on, makes my little excursions pale in comparison. Looking forward to reading about your North Channel adventues. That's on our list as well!!


  3. Wow what a beautiful, trip. I have always wanted to do something like this but I will never be able to afford it. I just bought a Four Winns Liberator 211 (1986) in excellent shape. But between a brain tumor and working so hard to get through to the next day. Your Blog is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with me (the whole world) I can now dream again. You two look like a very good couple together and I am glad you enjoy boating on the Big Lake. I hope I get healthy enough between treatments to get mine there at least once. Again Thank you for giving me a Dream to grasp on too..

    1. Jason,

      Thank you so much for the nice comment. I hope that we can meet you on Lake Michigan some time, let us know if you're going to make the trip and we'll show you around. :-) What lake do you boat on?

      I recently got back from visiting my aunt who is recovering from a brain tumor that has been in remission for over a year now. I know how hard that can be, and hopefully going out on the lake will give you some time to relax. (Most of the time) we feel like it's a vacation away from all our troubles.

      Best wishes for a healthy recovery and we hope to meet you on the Big Lake soon.

      Ben & Dana