Tuesday November 10, 2016 we cruised into Mobile Bay and come to the spot we were last year at this time. So the circle was complete. They call it “crossing your wake”. So now we are officially Gold Loopers! We took down our white burgee from the American Great Loop Cruisers Association. Upon crossing our wake we joined the group of cruisers eligible to fly the gold burgee! It’s like finally making Eagle Scout! Years of training and miles of trials that prove you have what it takes! We were greated by a playful dolphin!
This has been a trip of a lifetime. We made lifetime friends along the way. 2 of them joined us for more celebrating at dinner at LuLu’s. We started in Galveston Bay last November. Here is our trip by the numbers:
It has been 358 days since we left home port. We returned home 78 days during that time. We had 116 travel days where we moved from one place to the next. Our longest day was crossing the Gulf, 165.6 nautical miles. Our shortest day was .08 nm. On average, we traveled 46.07nm a day. We logged a total of 5345.1 nm
We used 4280.4 gallons of diesel fuel costing $9,808.42 USD. That averages out to 1.24nm/gal., and $1.80/nm. We traveled less than 15 hours on plane and used auto pilot as often as we could! We went thru 105 locks. We tied up with power 27 nights, stayed in marinas 271 days. This cost $13,855.66 at an average cost of $46.49/night.
We logged 451.3 hours on our generator. We spent 5 nights on walls without power, anchored out 28 nights and spent 27 nights on mooring balls for a total of 60 days. That averaged out to 7.52 hours/night on the generator.
Yes it was a blast and now we will make our way back to Seabrook. Who knows what the future holds but we will definitely keep cruising!