Race To The Dome – 10/9/2016

Race To The Dome is an annual canoe and kayak race benefiting and run by Missouri River Relief. Its a great time to see lots of local paddlers and friends on the river.  In order to get to the race on time, JoJo and Andy got to my house shortly after 4am for the drive out. The plan was to get to the start and drop off the boats and gear. Then I would drive to the finish (Noreen Access) in Jeff City for a shuttle back to the start.

As we approached the access point, fog from the river rolled in thick. We ended up driving very slow as visibility was probably 100 feet. When we got to the river, we unloaded much faster than normal for us. It was very cold, so I left Andy with my rain suit pants to help keep him warm and headed out. With Google as my navigator, I had a spirited solo drive in and out of fog. I arrived with plenty of time to spare. Here are some photos of the cold morning with the fog already lifting.

The bus ride was nice (something you don’t hear often). I got to know several local competitors better. One gentleman is an expat from Great Brittan that has a dock repair company at Lake of The Ozarks. He told many stories of diving year round that surprised me.

Once we arrived, the boat was mostly prepared as JoJo had lots of time waiting for me. We competed in the Aluminum mixed division going 15.6 miles on the Missouri River. It wasn’t long till the race started. It was tough competition, but we all had similar boats. This race was more about the paddlers than the gear!

To avoid congestion, the start was split in two waves. the first wave was for tandems and teams. The first five miles of this race were nearly a sprint with a bunch of vying for the front of the pack. At one point during this time, we were in the very front of our heat, but we couldn’t hold onto this position. We eventually finished third in our division, only 5 minutes off the winner. It is worth noting that I didn’t think we had a chance to win as Tracy Lynn Martin was in the winning tandem boat. If you have not heard of her, you should look her up.

After the race, we hung out for lunch and to talk with many of our paddling friends! Due to the long day, we didn’t stay into the evening. They were having a memorial for Joe Wilson. Noreen access is often called “Wilson’s Serenity Point” due to Joe Wilson. He spent most of his free time at this access improving it and greeting anybody that would stop to chat. He had recently died.

The bridge from earlier with no fog.

Andy Clones and JoJo Newbold (my race partner) celebrating a great finish.

Hogan Haake

Firecracker Race – 8/20/2016

I’ve participated in more regional canoe races this year than any past year. I got the last minute call from JoJo about this one and said yes. Told her I would take care of the details and transportation.

Early Saturday morning JoJo showed up at my house and I drove us out to the race. This is a local race on a backwater pool of the Mississippi river. There wasn’t any current to deal with, so basically a lake. As always, we dealt with pre-race jitters getting the boat set up and ready. This is always a fun time to mingle with fellow paddlers.

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Jon Marble and his son.

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The format was 6 laps around buoys. While JoJo and I are “fast” racers when it comes to long distance races, we’re no match for the race boats on this short course. When the starting signal went off, we were part of the sprint to the first buoy. With the congestion, there were several near crashes and we pulled ahead in the confusion, but that didn’t last long. By end end of the race, we were lapped by many racers. Shorty and Dylan got us 2 times. While it isn’t nice to be lapped, it was a fantastic opportunity to watch the best paddlers form as they glided by.

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The best photo we could get of us during the race.

We joked after the race that we should have handed each other $50 and paddled somewhere else. Without a faster boat, we don’t stand a chance in these shorter races!

Hogan Haake

Hermann to St. Charles – 7/10/2016

This is our last big training run before this year’s MR340 race. I decided to do a full test of my 3 camera system and got it on video.

I wish I was better with names, cause training partners/groups make the whole thing worthwhile.

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Mike in the back and can’t remember the guy in front.

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JoJo up front.

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Terica on the left and Andy on the right in orange.

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A selfie with Hogan showing the rear camera.

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Twin front and back cameras from the middle of the boat.

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Hogan Haake