Back in the kayak yesterday (when I ran into all that silliness I posted about, before and after water time)
I am so flippin’ outta shape,,,
Found loading my camp gear in the bow forward of my footrests, she stabilizes nicely. Still very weatherhelmed, but manageable. Did a stint where I just kept paddling and let her wander as the breeze dictated. GPS shows a wandering line across the lake that shows a nice correlation to the hills and how wind alters around such. I had some fun with it, and the lake I was on has a ban on power boats so I wasn’t worried about becoming roadkill (what do you call getting ran down by a boat? Not sure about that one. 😋)
An added benefit of all the gear is lowered center of gravity, essentially becoming ballast. The girl is much less tippy feeling with 25#of camping gear stored in dry bags. (I do the russian doll thing here. Small dry bag full of stuff,a larger bag with more stuff and both bags in another dry bag. May be overkill, but my gear stays dry, and will float if I capsize.) Even with the added weight, she drafts less than 6″. That opened up some exploring on the lake that Duh!k couldn’t do. I was able to go up the creek feeding the lake a lot further than I have past times. Not real exciting but I like new areas to see. Maybe when this shit settles down, I’ll be able to get her to SC and check out some tidal areas.
(Side note: recently read about a race called the Florida 300 or sumsuch. Sounds like a blast. Would have to do some serious conditioning and training for that though.)
Water temps are still around 50 and I wore the wetsuit. After fact I was wetter in the suit than out due to sweating. Was tempted to take a dip to cool off some at one point. Better safe than sorry though: 50 degree water will put you down pretty fast if, like me, you prefer heat. I hate the cold with a passion.
I really needed the water time. The craptastic world of social panic mode was getting to me: and its not like I am a socially motivated person, I keep a very small number close to me that I call friends.