The ups and the downs during this journey are endless, I tell ya. I can’t count how many highs and lows we hit in a single day. Katie counts them in cookies. Because there is always a reason to eat cookies. Motoring onto our next destination of Crystal River, we found a pleasant surprise while checking out the engine several miles out of Cedar Key (yes, we should have done so before leaving that day) There seemed to be water spewing out of the engine block somewhere. It was not anything we had seen or dealt with thus far. The starter was blocking the location where the water came from so we could not pin point the leak. After making some phone calls, continuing to Crystal River (rather than returning to Cedar Key) sounded like our only option for a mechanic.

I am not going to lie… being in the Gulf, heading towards black clouds, crashing directly into wind and waves, with an engine heavily pissing water where it should not, a non-functioning engine temp gauge, and dodging crab traps, might have been the most adrenaline my body has experienced since my first solo chopper flight. We spent the next 24 hours with the thought of a possible crack in our engine block. Meaning we would have to pull thousands of dollars out of our you know what. Thousands of dollars that we don’t have, putting this journey on a serious halt. On edge the entire day, hoping not to further damage our engine, dropping anchor at Crystal River was insanely relieving.

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