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Challenging day on Lake Erie

Monday, September 09, 2013

Went kayaking today. We are trying to complete the shore line of Lake Erie from Ripley, NY to Buffalo, NY. We have one more days worth of paddling and we will have accomplished this. That is a lot of miles of paddling. Today there was a pretty breeze out on the lake. We started at Woodlawn Beach State Park and went south to a point near Pinehurst. We were fighting a headwind on the way out. Jeremy got pretty far ahead of me at times. No surprise since I am still paddling my 12 foot Pungo (named Peri), and he is in a 17.7 foot Titan. On the way back I actually had the advantage, because we had a tailwind and the waves were pretty bossy and pushing us around. Peri is Very Stable, so I just got into a cadence with paddle strokes and plowed ahead. Jeremy, on the other hand, is still adjusting to his boat so he had to keep constantly adjusting and bracing to stay upright. Just as well he stayed in his boat... I didn't feel like attempting a rough water rescue today. I will have to try it sometime I guess, but nope, not today. It took us 2.25 hours to get to our turn around point and only about 1.75 hours to get back to our launch point, so you know that was some breeze!

There was a lengthy carry to get our boats down to the water, and since our boats are such disparate lengths we can no longer four hand carry them (that is when you carry two boats at once). I also walked the dog twice and did some yoga. I am pretty tuckered out now.

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GRANDMACOO 9/12/2013 6:44AM

    My best friend growing up spent a lot of time at Lake Erie. The few times I was there, it always seemed pretty choppy. Kayaking sounds like a lot of arm work...way to go!

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KALISWALKER 9/11/2013 7:28PM

    Next month I will be in Ontario and will stop by and visit my friend who moved to Lake Erie. I hope to see kayakers there.

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KALEWINE 9/10/2013 5:10PM

    Sounds great!

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KLMEIRING 9/10/2013 6:26AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! emoticon

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OWL_20 9/10/2013 6:24AM

    Always wanted to learn how to kayak! I can bet Lake Erie was choppy enough, glad you all made it back dry ;-). Great exercise, too.

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PMRUNNER 9/10/2013 5:46AM

    Sounds like a good day on the water. Glad you made it back safely!

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STRONGDAWG 9/9/2013 10:41PM

    OPTIMIST and I were watching some people in kayaks at Sandy Hook yesterday and of course, you came up. We then moved on to your amazing exercise streak. Kayaking is on my bucket list. I love hearing about your paddles.

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KKLENNERT809 9/9/2013 10:17PM


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2013 9:48PM

    Just what I needed... a mental image of a new way to be active... I canoed as a kid... second childhood... hmmmm....

Sounds like a great challenge. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/9/2013 9:32PM

    sounds like an exhausting day but lots of fun. Congrats!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/9/2013 9:27PM


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