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!
Holy cow, what a great Sunset Race!
Role Call: in order of finish
Joey Hager => skinny wooden kayak 1st place
Joe Sartori => kayak
Hogan/JoJo => 17′ Grumman
Danielle Sartori => skinny kayak
Charles/Paul => 17′ Osagian
It was a great number of boats and we had ourselves an aluminum shootout! Grumman vs Osagian. I think the boats were equally matched, mine just had more experienced paddlers who knew the river. Nevertheless, they gave us a scare at the end and we had to pour on the power to maintain our place!
I have to say that after paddling fancy boats for a while now, its nice to go back to the pureness of an aluminum boat with no rudder. I had to focus on my paddling skills more to keep the boat going in the direction we wanted!
We had a new participant for the Sunset Race this month, Kelly Kasten. She is a local SUP paddler, but we were happy to have her join us! Also along was Joe Sartori and JoJo. This month was more of a casual paddle than a race, and a good time!
The 76th Sunset race started with me arriving early and going for a 2 mile unicycle ride down the paved path. I turned around when the path went under the waters of the flooded Meramec river.
Shortly after my ride, Joe Sartori showed up to paddle with me. He brought out his whitewater boat that can handle just about anything.
Once out in the current, the river was quite peaceful and easy to paddle upstream in. We went up a bit past Simpson lake before turning around and coming back. Here are a few snaps of the flooded river.