Well, the weather is right
Posted by: magooch on Oct-05-12 12:56 PM (EST)
If you do go ahead with the plan, let us know how it went--or let us know why you changed your minds.
I have a friend who tried to paddle from Eugene to Portland with his brother in a canoe. They weren't in a big hurry, but they were both experienced paddlers and expected to move right along. They didn't make it. They bailed out at some point and got picked up.
Anyway, there have been a lot of good replies that you should consider very carefully. What you are contemplating is not going to be fun after a few hours. At least the Willamette is a relatively benign river. There is an article in the October 2012 issue of Sea Kayaker magazine that is about paddling the Willamette to Portland. I haven't read it myself yet, but it might be instructive for you.
One thing you should take into serious consideration is food. Paddling can be a real fuel consumer, but it is also somewhat subtle. It can sneak up on you and leave you totally zapped if you don't keep replenishing your tank with the right kind of nourishment. The same goes for water.
Good luck and good paddling.