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More paddling in Arkansas

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I got back in my whitewater boat on July 4 and spent the last three weekends in it, and some weekdays.

July 4 weekend I went camping with a colleague at a local lake and visited a local whitewater play spot on the way..

Iím the little red dot in this photo.

We paddled on the lake on Saturday

and ran the river down to the playspot on Sunday

The next day I went back there and played again, although no one else was there paddling so I was pretty conservative and worked on back ferries and other skills.

The weekend of July 12 I carpooled with another local boater to a bigger playspot an hour farther away.

Here are some more photos from that spot:

The following Tuesday I was commuting by bike to work and was passed awfully close by a big cement truck. I have a GoPro video camera strapped to the back of my rack, and after reviewing the footage decided to get a mountain bike so I can ride on the grass and gravel instead. That way those jerks will have to actually come off the pavement to run me over.

(Arkansas law says there must be 3 feet when passing someone, including bikes. You can see my reflection in the chrome bumper. That was no 3 feet.)

Last weekend was the best of all - a dad and his twin sons and another crew of three led me down the Cossatot river.
I donít have any photos of that trip, but it was a lot of fun and I was relieved to see that I havenít gotten as rusty as I thought I had. There were some fairly technical class IV drops in that one, given the configuration of the river and the low water levels. Here are some other photos to give you an idea www.americanwhitewater.o

The scenery was really beautiful on that one. Iíd go back in a heartbeat!

Today Iím having to pass up a whitewater session at the smaller playspot near Little Rock in order to go try out a folding sea kayak in Memphis.

The guy who made the 3-piece Greenland paddle that I took to Antarctica will be picking up some boats from his sisterís house there, and the nearest dealers for those boats are in Wisconsin and southern Florida so this is a good chance for me to see what they are like. It will be fun to meet him finally and also see if these sea kayaks are really as good as they sound from the reviews. They fold into a pack the size of a suitcase. It would be really cool to be able to take a kayak anywhere.

...I've also been contra dancing on Fridays here.

The National Square Dancing Convention was held in Little Rock the weekend of June 27-28-29 so I spent a lot of time there. July 11 I carpooled with some dancing buddies to Memphis. July 18 I danced in Little Rock and then crashed with the family I kayaked with the next day. Last night we had English Country Dancing in Little Rock.

The bike shop is right across the street from the church where we dance so yesterday I dropped in to check on the progress with my new mountain bike. I also get my hair cut next to the dancing church It's a convenient neighborhood.
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    Such cool adventures you have! I commend you for finding your way in a new area!!! And those paddling skills!!! So impressive.
    821 days ago
    What an amazing time!
    822 days ago
    AR is a fun place to kayak!
    822 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That truck was way too close to you. I am glad you are getting a mountain bike!

    So Arkansas does have great kayaking rivers. Your pictures are great!

    Contra Dancing also sounds fun.

    You have made a very successful transition and move!
    823 days ago
    Love the paddling and other adventures! Thanks for sharing!
    823 days ago
    Right after air, water, food and sleep come the OTHER ESSENTIALS of life, like moving our bodies in ways that we love: kayaking and dancing in your case!

    SO pleased to hear that you've unearthed such wonderful outlets for yourself!

    Now THAT'S SPARKIN'! :-)

    824 days ago
    Proud that you have made such a good transition to Arkansas!
    824 days ago
    What a wonderful time you are having, living the life you want to live. Congratulations on staying so active, and avoiding ridiculous trucks!

    Have a great one.

    824 days ago
    Wow! I pity the person who tries to keep up with you. You are an inspiration and always impressive.
    Sounds like the new location is working out for you.
    824 days ago
    Looks like you had a great time.
    824 days ago
    Ellen -
    In AR they only show license plates in the back. What you're seeing is the headlight. But I do have the truck number and the phone number of the company.

    I want to continue commuting though, and I'm not sure it would be smart to turn the driver in. They didn't actually hit me; they just unwisely chose to pass me while there were vehicles in the oncoming lane.

    It's very rural and very southern here. There are rumblings that the police department might not be entirely aboveboard.

    If I start turning in local drivers of big trucks for hazardous driving I can imagine they could start making my commute a whole lot worse.
    824 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2014 9:39:07 AM
  • CARRIE1948
    It sounds like you're having fun, despite your exile
    824 days ago
    Look at you!!! Such exuberance, such joy!! The transplant is putting down some roots, no? (yeah, I know, more a gardening than a kayaking metaphor!!) Love the idea of that fold-into-a-suitcase version: that would be just the thing for me!!

    And: have you considered taking your evidence of that close shave biking to the police? Pretty sure that the licence plate is visible. That guy is a menace . . .
    824 days ago
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