January 29, 2011

St Johns River crossing

Jim and I took a trip to Welaka to visit Carole & Ed (Tortoise).  We had a great visit and then lunch at Shrimp R Us. Their food is always good.

After lunch we had to leave. We decided to take the ferry across the river.


It’s not expensive and we’ve never ridden it before. It also saves a few miles.

The barge could hold a couple of small cars, but we were the only one that day. It is pushed across by a small tug attached to it with a trailer hitch. When he gets to the other side he just unties the rear of the tug and turns it around in the opposite direction for the trip back.


Jim had a good time discussing the setup with the barge tender.


The road on the west side is sand and could be a rough ride but we didn’t have any problems at all. There were a few soft spots but nothing we couldn’t avoid. I think it’s a 4 or 5 mile ride, and brings you into Salt Springs.

It was a bit windy that day but we rode nice and flat….the tug had a different ride.

Guess I can’t complain about not being on the St Johns River this winter.


Elaine said...

Sounds like you have been keeping busy! We were just riding a much bigger ferry in Puget Sound to Vashon. Fun to see a smaller version!

Anonymous said...

A ferry crossing is almost synonymous to having a fairy come into one's life in that they usher one into a new world of magic and exploration.

Anonymous said...

Ferry boats are better than bridges. You get to see everything you miss on bridges.

Mike Anderson said...

Hi Carol, I am back on YOUR St. John's River. Might haulout in Green Cove so I hope I run into you two.
--Mike sv"Spark"

Slow Motion...always an adventure said...

Mike...we just got off the river. Spent 5 days in a Wellcraft 255. It is a "project" boat and will be up for sale. We had a great time...we much more comfortable than we expected to be.
I didn't even bother to get online...so didn't get your comment until today...we only went as far N as Welaka. We'll be out in the Albin in a week or so..maybe we can catch up with you then.

Ola said...

we have the same system here:)