The 116th Sunset Race was set to go downriver to the Meramec Marina. The race would be 12 days before the MR340, so I hoped to see several paddlers out for a fun training run before the race. Several of my favorite people where here to paddle!
I brought two boats tonight. The kayak is for Megan to paddle, and I get the treat of having Danelle in the boat with me tonight!
Bernie looking dapper as ever!
Jon Marble getting ready to paddle.
Megan and Danelle getting ready.
Brian Waldrop checking out his outrigger.
With all of these boats, its always a challenge to tie up at the marina, but we’ve always found a way!
Megan coming down the dock.
Brian and Jon tying up their boats.
Bernie, Brian, and Danelle sharing a joke.
What a fantastic group of people and a great night for paddling!
How do you know when something is important to you? When you do whatever it takes to participate. For this Sunset Race, I started out in Port Lavaca, Texas. I woke up at 3:30 am in a hotel room after the Texas Water Safari. I thought I would start driving the day before, but I was wiped out!!! So I got up early, fired up Google Maps and started driving. Its just over 900 miles for this drive. I drove as far as I dared until I got tired, then pulled my van over and slept on the side of the road till I woke up. It helped that I shut off the van, so it got warm fast. With about 5 of these cat naps along the way, I arrived around 8:30 pm in time for the half way point of the race.
At one point near home, the wind and rain were so bad, I pulled over cause I wasn’t sure if the boat would stay on top of my van. Or the top of my van for that matter. Eventually I made it to have some beer with friends before going home and crashing for the night. While it can be done, I don’t recommend it!
I can’t say I was sad that I didn’t paddle this one!
January and February Sunset races seem the hardest to get people to show up to. This month we had repeat new people, Ken and Mark, to paddle with us. Mark is fairly new to paddling and we needed to share some warm weather gear with him, but its fun to have new paddlers!
We had our December Sunset race, I was well prepared for the cold.
We had a fair number of paddlers show up which is amazing when its quite cold out. I ended up sharing a pair of gloves with Mark so he could feel his hands. Good thing my hands are not a sensitive to the cold!
Likely to be the last warm Sunset Race of the year, I made sure to get out there early and get a short unicycle ride in with the sunshine!
When I got back from my ride, I was in time to see JoJo getting her boat down from on top of her van. A feat that most need to see to believe!
What you can’t see in the photo are the steps in the side of the van she used to get up there. Either way, its a long way up for transporting a boat!