Jon Marble and I drove to Rocheport, Missouri to hear Scott Mansker talk about the history of the MR340 race. Jon and I wanted to talk about RaceOwl.com and the upcoming changes for the race. Then we would enjoy a presentation from Scott about the history of the MR340.
Jon Marble eating a snack. Sorry for the food shot Jon.
Can’t resist a nice glass of Riverboat Red at Les Bourgeois Winery where the event is held.
The long lost Jerico LeFort.
And finally, the full presentation. Note that I took the video from the Missouri River Relief Facebook page. I don’t trust that Facebook will keep it around or that everybody reading this has Facebook access, so here it is.
Skip ahead to 9 min 32 seconds if you want to get right to Scott Mansker’s presentation.
I love paddling and getting invited to go paddling. JoJo invited me to join her for a nice morning paddle.
The group included Ken, Mark, and Judy.
Judy says Hi!
JoJo getting in on the photos.
We stopped here for lunch and to look at eagles flying around.
This is the 121st Sunset Race. I’m surprised to say this, but I wasn’t looking forward to this one. I’m a fair weather paddler. Sort of, I’ll go out an heat and cold, and I really love snow paddling. What I don’t like is getting wet. Seems crazy to say and admit, but its true. Today, it was raining all day.
Before I left the house, I put my Kokatat dry suit on. This piece of gear would make the day much better. I loaded the boat in the rain, but only my hands and head got wet. Once loaded, I headed out to the river.
Its interesting how many people showed up for this paddle. We were here to paddle, so we took off for our race!
The photo above is where things got interesting. There was a light fog across the whole river. Not the kind that is dangerous and prevents visibility, but just a small amount. As we came downstream back to the put in, we paddled near the VFW post. They have a large LED security light over the whole area. This light created a laser light show effect across the whole river. As we passed the different size trees and their assorted branches, we would eclipse the light momentarily. This light show happened repeatedly for about 5 minutes as we floated by in awe!
I wish I had words that could begin to describe this. I almost wish for a photo that could capture it. But I do have a memory in my head that forms one of many reasons that I paddle the river every month. The surprises seem endless. Everybody should come out and make an adventure of their own!
Today was our 120th Sunset Race. Ten years of going out paddling the second Thursday of the month. Unfortunately, I was very sick that day. There was no way I would be able to paddle, but I drove out with champagne to celebrate before going back home to sleep.
Joe in the front and Jo Jo next to me. We’re the main crew for the Sunset Race. Nobody better to celebrate with!
We love paddling and have tons of equipment, but sometimes you just want to relax. Tonight, Danelle and I had a date night with Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures. They offer monthly floats that happen during the full moon. The full moon float includes paddling in a large voyager canoe (about 14 people) and dinner out on the Mississippi river. Add in the full moon, and its an amazing experience!
Danelle and I standing by the river waiting for the start.
One of the voyager canoes that went on the trip.
Another voyager and support boat arrive.
From what I understand, this was a different paddle than the normal full moon float. The Mississippi river is up a bunch, so we had to put in at this ramp on the Missouri river. we paddled out into the confluence of the Mississippi before stopping for dinner on a sand bar.
Dinner here was amazing. The sand bar was big enough for us to all have plenty of space.
The fire was great for cooking dinner and necessary to stay warm. Maybe I’ll dress myself warmer next time!
It was a great night, but unfortunately a weeknight, so we had to call it earlier than any of us wanted as most of us worked the next day. Still an amazing way to get out and see something different!