The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

This my first attempt at blogging.  I just want to dive right in and start from where I am right now, with only a little explanation.  Later on I can back up and talk about some past experiences.

I live in a 27-foot 30-year-old motorhome, called “The Beast.”  I’m currently parked on the banks of the Colorado River near Needles, California.  I’ve been spending my winters in this spot for about 4 years.  At this moment the inside of my little home is heaped with kayaking gear, food and supplies.  I’m preparing for a 340-mile kayak trip down the Colorado River from Hoover Dam to the Mexican border.

This trip, which starts Friday, November 9th, has a name: The 2018 Bow South Expedition.  It was organized by a friend, James Hermes, as a fundraiser for a charity called Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence.  This will be (I think) the 5th year he has done the expedition.

I have quite a bit of experience doing multi-day trips, but haven’t done a kayak trip of this length before.  I’ll be using my brand new Lendal Voyager paddle.  The Lendal Paddle company offered to sponsor me with this super ultralight state-of-the art paddle.  In exchange, I’ll be blogging and taking photos along the way, on this trip and any upcoming paddle trips over the next year.

I’m looking forward to using the paddle on such a long trip.  In the past I have always used an ordinary paddle, such as you can buy at Big 5 sporting goods store.  These cheap paddles do the job, but if you are kayaking many miles every day, the weight of a cheap paddle can slowly tire out your arms and shoulders.  So far I’ve used the new carbon fiber Lendal paddle only once.  It is so light it felt like I was holding nothing in my hands. Plus, the shaft is not exactly round, but has been designed to fit the hands.

Okay, since I am very new to blogging, I think I should figure out how to save this before I lose it.  Thanks for reading.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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My boat, Miss Eliza, on the Lower Colorado River, with my old paddle