May 7th I ended up staying right where I was on Black Beach about 46 miles into my voyage. Wind bound for over a day so soon was not my plans.
May 8th still on Black Beach but I met some of the neighbors and got a ride into Silver Bay to get more food and fuel for my store. Things were going slower than I anticipated or hoped for. I decided to paddle out from Black Beach at 2:00 AM the next morning (May 9th). I left on calm waters at 1:45 AM and by 3:00 AM it got much rougher. The moon was full so I could see the water around me well enough to paddle, but I did not plan on the wind until first light. I paddled only 6 miles between 1:45 AM and 5:00 AM. The 6 miles didnt seem worth it after the wind came up and I was fighting my way up shore until it got light so I could see enough to land. Even with the now 6 feet waves I was safer out at sea than close to shore. At first light I made my dash to shore and landed at 5:00 AM sharp. It was none to soon as I was completely wiped out both physically and mentally. I set up the tent and slept until noon. I will never paddle on Superior at night again.