This is probably the last warm Sunset race of the year. As a special treat, Andy brought out his new Minnesota 2. He had Terica paddling with him who had not been in a canoe before. I videoed in case they flipped, but they made it look easy…
We’re starting to get regulars again! Andy Clones showed up for the race ready to go. Terica and Carrie are not far behind. And other than dealing with floating debris from the high water, it was a perfect float!
I’m a bad man. It was time for the Sunset Race and I decided to take our new boat out. Danelle won the boat in a raffle, but has never paddled it. The boat was sitting out in the yard and seemed as easy as any to pack up and take out.
The race was a two boat affair including Dan Prater in his Epic V7.
It didn’t take Dan long to pull away from us in his fast boat. So we continued upstream in a slow and steady pace. Hugging the shore to maximize our effort, we came across a drainage thing that was full of wood. I reached in and pulled a few pieces out before Jo suggested there could be an animal in there waiting to get out. It was comical how quickly I pulled away and abandoned trying to help.
We also came upon a strange green ground that we didn’t understand. So we photographed it to ask questions later.
Danelle let us know it was for reseeding the area in an attempt to prevent erosion. Overall a great paddle and we enjoyed it getting warmer outside!
A perfect day for a February float on the Meramec with our monthly Sunset Race. JoJo was coming with me and there was just a touch of snow on the ground. Ok, and maybe it was very cold outside!
Of course you need fuel to stay warm, and I found the perfect thing. A bag of donuts with maple syrup, perfect for us!!!
On review, both Jo and I liked them, hopefully we’ll be able to find them in the future for races!
The river was perfect and the water was clear for a great paddle!