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June 26, 2009

New Yak

Filed under: sports,technology,transportation — origamifreak @ 11:25 pm
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Well, I went today to test kayaks and buy a new heavy-duty cart for the Outback – the current cart just can’t handle the trips down and up the hill to the water and back.  I also got a rack put on my car.

They had 32-lb kevlar kayaks.  Which handle up to 300 lbs capacity.  Which I am now well under.  So…

I got one!

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I also got a PFD, and a paddle at the same time.  I don’t even want to THINK about how much $$ I spent.  The good news is that this yak is so light I can lift it onto my car by myself and carry it easily.  So I’ll be able to just carry it on my shoulders 0.7 miles down the hill to the water in the evenings after work and just GO, without it being a big production.

My summer MS student came along and while they were installing the rack we went on a nice 3-hour paddle (from points 3 to 6) down some moving water and some flat water.  I ended up christening the boat by falling out pretty soon after putting in.  But after that got better at avoiding the slipstreams of rocks, etc.  This is definitely a lake boat.  It tracks great, but isn’t so maneuverable in a creek.

The picture above is from Ron, who obligingly went out for an hour with me in the evening when I got home.  We paddled down to the state park beach, swapped kayaks so he could try the new one, and then paddled home in each other’s boat.  Then I swam and he went home to change and brought back wine and we sat on the shore and gossiped about our neighbors and solved the world’s problems until both the sun AND moon set.  It was beautiful out.  A really good way to end the week.  🙂

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1 Comment »

  1. Here’s to you! nice ride

    Comment by havasurose — July 4, 2009 @ 6:12 pm | Reply


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