Wrong route Magellan
05 April 2008 | Addison Point to Cocoa, FL
November 8, 2007
Addison Point to Cocoa, FL
We get a fairly early start this morning. Kelly motors us towards our next destination, while I go over lessons with the girls. Kelly takes us through a canal that leads near Cape Canaveral, it looks like really direct route. The only problem is that if you go this way you have to be able to pass under 35' bridges, which we are unable to do since our height is 53'9" plus lights and antennas sticking up above that. So we had to back track through the canal, which wasn't so bad since the girls and I got to check out the wildlife. On the first pass through we were studying and missed the wildlife. There were manatees, dolphins, and all sorts of birds.
The anchor was set around 1:30PM, 3 hours later than we planned due to the detour. We took the dinghy into shore for supplies and numerous repair parts. We tie up the dinghy at a nice town dock with a gazebo. We set out on foot from here to look for stores to fill our shopping list.
High on the priority list was locating a good hardware store. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon a huge old time hardware store - S.F. Travis Company. They stock just about everything. I began to write "sell everything", until I remembered Kelly saying there were items in the store that must have been in stock for more than 50 years. There were potbelly stoves with cook tops that were covered in dust for instance. When is the last time someone went looking to buy one of those relics. They should try moving these new old-stock items on eBay. They would probably make a bundle. The business is housed within three multi-floor buildings covering at least 30,000 square feet. No frills, but full of inventory. Kelly followed a clerk through the maze of aisles, stairwells and catwalks connecting the three buildings to pick the items on our list. The girls and I waited around outside until he emerged with nearly every item on the list.
We also need to pick up a package at the UPS store across the bridge on Merritt Island. Once Kelly was finished in the hardware store we located a bus stop to take us to Merritt Island. It is only a few miles away. The bus driver kindly lets us off near the plaza the UPS store is in. We spotted a Publix supermarket in the same plaza, so we head there to use the restrooms and grab a free cup of coffee. Kelly then went to the UPS store to collect his package. The package contains a new heat exchanger for the engine and a new oil cooler for the transmission, more about this later. Meanwhile, the girls and I checked out a nearby pet store. We had fun looking at the ferrets, birds, bunnies, fish and huge hermit crabs.
Kelly caught up with us at the pet store and we set off for Home Depot. Home Depot was nice and cool so we grabbed a carriage, filled it with our stuff we were carrying, and took our time wandering the aisles. Kristen was tired so she got in the carriage too. It wasn't too long before we came upon the section with water filters and faucets. We had been considering getting one of those Brita water filter jugs for drinking water. We planned to filter our drinking water from the tanks aboard the boat instead of purchasing bottled water which becomes both scarce and expensive in the islands. Now we were considering a new alternative, a permanent filter system with a dedicated tap. It was compact and nice quality so we sold ourselves on the idea. We took our time deciding which one to purchase. By the time we completed the purchase it is 6:00PM. We caught a bus back to the waterfront where we peered into the windows of a few interesting shops that were closed on our walk to the dinghy.
Back on the boat Kelly goes through his purchases. He is like a little kid with new toys. I talk with Mom and as usual she won money at Foxwoods. She is so lucky. The girls and I head to bed, while Kelly stays up to design his fuel polisher system.