Stupid. I figured I could sneak by the toll gates if I hid behind a big truck and didn’t look back. I would then have a few km sprint to cross the bridge before they could rally a car to stop me. It was feasible.
The markers in the passage were not always very clear and at one point we ran aground. With a little bit of rocking back and forth we managed to slide free of the muddy bottom and into deeper water. Shortly after that the marine patrol lost their patience and came alongside us with ropes in hand, insisting they would tow us the rest of the way. I was getting ready to jump in the water with the kayak.