When Cruisers Make Plans, God Laughs

  Thursday, May 30, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

I'm sure everyone is wondering the same thing...if these two crazy kids are planning to cruise around the world, why don't they get on with it already!? We've traversed the eastern US coast, spent an amazing three months exploring the Bahamas, another week in Jamaica, and now... When we find places we like we spend time there. Afterall, we may have a tight budget but on time we are millionaires. So we've spent countless hours behind the scenes researching, talking, and acquiring information about where in the world to travel - who liked where, what did those places have to offer, how affordable were those places, how safe or accommodating were those places for cruisers - the web-searches and conversations just go on and on. And of course there is that all determining factor, weather. We had what we thought was a great plan to be through the Panama Canal in February, of 2012. God laughed at that and said, "oh, but what about getting the boat outfitted and working out all the kinks..." Then we had another great plan to check out the Bahamas and round the eastern Carribbean on our way to Panama for a safe hurricane season. God laughed and said, "sure, take your time enjoying the Bahamas and then beat yourselves up heading to windward and just try to get to the Dominican Republic without running out of fuel..." Moving onto plan, hmmmm I guess plan #47 at this point, we thought better to not waste time in the eastern Carribbean let's head west so we can continue to take it slow. God laughed and said, "alright, take your time let's see how you like four months of heat and mosquitoes while you wait out hurricane season in Guatemala..." And so we're onto our latest and greatest plan, sure to change in about a week or so...a South African couple we've recently befriended aboard sv/Skebenga told us, "of course you can cruise the Med on your budget, we did it for two years and that wasn't nearly enough time..." Wow cruising through hurricane season with the potential for land travel while interacting with a multitude of cultures, learning history, hiking, eating delicious foods, seeing fabulous scenery, and then possibly cruising through winter season too! Sold! Rode Trip is headed to the Mediterranean! And we're taking reservations for guests!


  1. From stephanie on May 31, 2013
    It should be exciting! New languages, lots of history, beautiful towns and land for exploring...

  2. From stephanie on May 31, 2013
    Sorry, Glenn, the new plan does put a damper on Galapagos vacation plans...let's see if we can get ourselves there first but very roughly Greece in the fall Sept-Oct

  3. From stephanie on May 31, 2013
    Hi Aunt Mary, I'm sure you're not alone in thinking "get on with it!" those words cross my mind from time to time too. Hope all is well for you, Doug, and Clara. Any fun adventures planned for your summer?

  4. From stephanie on May 31, 2013
    We've been doing lots of route planning and weather watching. Hope to travel north along the east cost of the US and take advantage of the Gulf Stream current until we can head east probably near Cape Hatteras or farther.

  5. From admin on May 30, 2013
    What a great blog post title! I applaud your willingness to look at new plans that are 180° different (pun intended) from your original plans and make changes accordingly. I'm looking forward to hearing about the new destinations. --Mark

  6. From Glenn on May 30, 2013
    So I guess I won't meet you in Galapagos in 2014. When will you be near the Greek Isles?

  7. From Ann Landau on May 30, 2013
    Famous saying...."Everything changes..."

  8. From mary tallent on May 30, 2013
    Thanks for this update. I wasn't thinking "get on with it already", but I was confused and felt bad I wasn't keeping up to date. This was a nice recap. Good Luck, have lots of fun.

  9. From bahama mama on May 30, 2013
    OMG!!!! So how will you travel there-via what route? When do you plan to leave Caribbean? i would LOVE to meet you there.....not sure it fits into our plans- truly just want to get back to the island! 4 months...... LOVE your posts and keeping up with you! HUGS!!!