Sunday, July 6, 2008

10 days...

The Fourth of July celebration needs to end as there are only 10 days and counting to the big show - The MR340. Yikes! I have a lot to do.
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Been spending a lot of time on the lakes as the rivers in our area after the flooding are still pretty choked up and running above flood stage.

Spent this past Sunday out on one of Wisconsin's larger lakes, Lake Mendota. Met up with John and Steve from the Paddlin Shop. They went paddle sailing as I ground out the hours paddling in preparation for the MR340.
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John out for the day with his daughter Nora. Lov'n the Balogh BOSS with his 38sq ft. sail. There is a great read on John's Paddlin Shop website of paddle sailing at Voyagers.
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Steve takes to the water in his Windrider 16. Interesting ride I must say, but wow what an ordeal to assemble. It took us the better part of an hour with two of us rigging the boat. I needed a nap.

After a pretty full morning of O dark 30 paddling, I went down to the Student Union on Lake Mendota and met up with good friends James and Anna. It was really nice to sit back and watch all the activity out on the water. Hoofer's Sailing Club is based out of here. Fun to watch the newbies run into the dock as they attempt to get there certification to take out one of the club boats. Nothing like a couple of beers, a brat and a good dock ramming.

This week will be filled with sorting gear and making last minute preparations for the MR340. I'm going into the event pretty relaxed. My paddling has been consistent, but I can't say that I really have done any training.

Ready...Set... GO!! - The Capt'n

1 comment:

Dawn (aka SandyBottom) said...

I've been wondering what your up to these days, knowing your MR340 is coming up. Good luck with that. It'll be a totally different experience solo this year, enjoy it.