All a board

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 01:56 PM.

“May 15 was when I pushed off,” said the tall, thickly bearded young man. “I was going to go to the top of Maine but the weather was still a little chilly.

Instead, he left from the Maine town of Brunswick, formerly home to sawmills and shipbuilding and where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Uncle Tom's Cabin” while her husband was a professor at Bowdoin College, a historical detail which is not related in any way to Zygmontowicz’s current adventure, which passed through Franklin County Friday and Saturday.

The 28-year-old freewheeling diarist is on the ninth volume recording his quest’ s journals, the earlier eight mailed back home to East Lansing, Michigan once each was completed.

“I write everything down,” he said.

Friday night he stayed at the Old Carrabelle Hotel, having persuaded Kathy and Skip Frink to give him accommodations gratis.

“Five strawberries, a mandarin orange and two pieces of bacon,” he ate that morning, a couple hours before he hit the high hump of the bridge and rolled into Apalachicola downtown.

There is no hard luck to this man’s story, even though he must pull out the ultralight sleeping bag from his backpack and rest his head on a mossy rock from time to time.

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