Day 9: Your ship has come in

The big red boat has arrived at its new home in Virginia.

The big red boat has arrived at its new home in Virginia.

Today’s the big day!  The day the boat finally comes off the roof of the car at its new home in rural Virginia.  For those who have not been following along, I was transporting my family’s old canoe from my parents’ house near Portland, Oregon to my nieces’ cabin near Raleigh, North Carolina.

After crossing 13 states and about 3,700 miles, I arrived in Farmville, Virginia late last night. I know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not the FarmVille from your Facebook page. It’s a small town in rural south central Virginia. I wouldn’t have had to drive to the other FarmVille.  It’s everywhere.

My brother’s family has a cabin on a lake near town, and now the boat that my brothers and I thrashed about in as kids will be enjoyed by my three nieces.

I've seen 3700 miles of the United States through the triangular window of straps holding fast the canoe.

I’ve seen 3700 miles of the United States through the triangular window of straps holding fast the canoe.

Over the transcontinental journey, the boat was perfectly stable on top of the car, thanks in no small part to the very smart people at Kia and Yakima Racks who devised the various parts of the rack system that tightly mated the 17-foot craft to the top of the car.  Even driving at high speed across the northern plains with significant crosswinds, the boat didn’t move a millimeter from its perch.

As I suspected, however, the boat absolutely destroyed the efficiency of the 2014 Kia Sorento that I’m driving.  In the hundred or so miles I’ve driven since dropping off the boat, my mileage is up almost 40 percent. Yes, 40 percent! The boat is very lightweight, so the penalty was completely aerodynamic.

I can also now enjoy the panoramic sunroof in the Sorento, as well as Satellite radio. Both the roof and antenna were completely eclipsed by the big red boat.

Now I’m down in Raleigh, North Carolina where I’ll be spending a couple of days.  I’ll be restarting the blog when I embark on the next phase of the journey, from here to Miami, Florida.

 

Start: Farmville, Virginia
End: Raleigh, North Carolina
Total miles: 132
States: Virginia, North Carolina
Tomorrow: Raleigh, NC

 

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