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.

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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.

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

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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.

6 comments:

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!

Natural Moments 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.

Abraham Lincoln 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:)