I packed my gear by Tuesday evening and went to work Wednesday with gear and food to be self sufficient for two weeks. At the end of a workday I started driving north and went to ground in a motel in Weed California soon after midnight. This put me close to the border and the next morning I was quickly accross the border into Oregon. I made good time and arrived in Florence Oregon early in the afternoon. I decided to jump my float plan by one day and paddle out the mouth of the Siuslaw River that evening. I had time to find an Internet café, send out messages, do some shopping, and pack my kayak at the marina. Butch Shaw of South Jetty RV Storage, where I left my car, drove me back to the marina and saw me off around 4:00 PM.
Launching late in the afternoon meant that I had to paddle into the afternoon wind. The Siuslaw River also turns and goes north, straight into the prevailing nothwest wind. The outgoing tide helped a little, which was one reason I chose to do this. Launching in the morning would have meant fighting a big flood tide. The wind started calming down as I came out the mouth of the river. I turned and surfed gentile spilling waves onto the beach. There was a small spot sheltered from wind against the jetty with barely enough room for a tent and barely above the high tide for the evening.