In a standard sea kayak with a complete set of gear, you will be able to carry 10-14 days worth of food—max. Thru-paddling any Florida river except the St. Johns and the Suwannee can be done in under two weeks, so expect to carry all of your food and supplies for the entire trip. There is no reason to make a resupply stop.
However, if you plan to thru-paddle the CT, St. Johns, or the Suwannee, regular stops in towns along the route will be essential to resupplying groceries. These grocery stops are also opportunities to rest, get a hotel room, do laundry, repair gear, charge cell phones, call home, et cetera.
Plan to make a pit stop every 6-10 days. Don’t try to be a tough guy. Don’t go without doing laundry. As I discuss in the Physical Preparation section, taking a day off from paddling once a week is essential for your health and the success of your trek. Washing clothes regularly will keep you from developing rashes.
At the moment, there is no CT paddling guidebook that provides information about services located within walking distance of beaches and riverfronts. I provide a solution to that problem on the
Maps and GPS page.
The terms "zero day" and "nero day" come from the backpacking world. A zero day is a day where you do zero miles on the trail. A nero is a near-zero, typically a brief couple of easy miles before getting into town.
It is crucial to your health and the overall success of your thru-paddle that you take a zero day once a week. Even God rested on the seven day. (Supposedly, I wasn't there.) Your body needs a rest and without a regular schedule of zero days, you will flame out and the trip will come to an end.
However, what tends to happen is that zero days become work days. Gear is cleaned and repaired, groceries are bought, laundry is washed, et cetera. Sometimes I was more tired at the end of a zero day—because I did lots of walking around and carrying stuff—than I was at the end of a normal day of paddling. So my preferred method of doing things is to nero into a trail town, get all the chores done that day, and then zero the next day.
Also, if you have plenty of supplies, you can zero at a campsite. I love to do this—spend a day hanging out in camp, reading, watching the water, exploring the island or forest or park where I've camped. These are the most relaxing days.