Log of Pogopelli- My First Time Around America’s Great Loop, Book Review

I had vaguely heard, after reading many sailing books of people circumnavigating, about a mysterious watery loop that one could take around the eastern side of America. So I went out and stumbled on what’s known as America’s Great Loop.


Usually done in a counter-clock wise direction the loop takes you up the Hudson, through the Great Lakes, down several rivers (including Big Muddy), down around Florida and back up the coast. The route is fairly safe and has limited open ocean time so it is much easier than one would expect.

The Log of Pogopelli, the 6,000 mile loop of a retired couple on a 23′ boat starting at their home turf of Chattanooga Tennessee was a great read. It was also long for the price, over 600 pages, but honestly 1/3 of that was pictures. This is not a knock, they were worth being in there and helped add another dimension to the reading experience I feel.

What I liked about this book was all the details. They talked about docking fees, what they used as resources, how they dealt with problems and traffic on big rivers like the Mississippi. Skipper Bob was one of their favorite resources I remember.

It took them a long time too, over 300 days, and they really seemed to squeeze a lot of enjoyment out of it. They are what retired people should be like, RE-TIRED (as in given new tread) not plain old tired which is what I think too many people end up being. They had a blast and it showed in their way of doing their adventure as well as in their sharing it.

A great read.

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