Monday, July 30, 2007

MR340 - the before

Pre-race Scouting

I have been thinking about the MR340 over the past couple of days, reflecting. What an outstanding experience to have had.

I see the event in three phases. The before, the during and the after. Here is a little insight on the before.

I was very fortunate to have been teamed up with Mark from Kruger Canoes. We had a great time. We scouted the route checking out all the CP's and socializing with the locals. My favorite story is our visit to Cooper's Landing.

But first I must talk about the bucket toilet I made for the cruiser. A 2 1/2 gallon bucket with a bagging system which would allow us to use the "head" while underway in the cruiser. As our plan was never to get out o the boat during the MR 340. Good idea gone bad and never tested...

Anyway Mark was pretty clear that he wasn't going to use the bucket "head" ever and then we arrived at Copper's Landing. After a short walk to the bathroom at Cooper's, Mark returned to our campsite... "Dude where's the bucket" --- Lets just say the bucket was the best option.

I got a lot of mileage out of that experience. We left Stan, Dana, Dawn and Alan shaking their heads.

Another worthy experience to mention as long as we are on the relieving yourself subject. I did have diarrhea during the whole event. Six minutes before the start I was in the "woods". Mark was like, Dude, thanks for joining us.... :-) Let the adventure begin.

I also would like to mention that the pre-race meeting was the best I have ever experienced. Very entertaining and informative. Outstanding overview of the days that follow.

And that's all I have to say about that... Tomorrow I will get into the first day of the race.

To pee or not to pee, that is the question - The Capt'n


Kristen said...

Keep it coming, Brian!

Kristen said...

The stories, that is. You can keep the rest...