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  Cannonball hours
  Posted by: yknpdlr on Apr-02-13 12:57 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-02-13 1:05 PM EST --

It typically takes between 19-20 hours, depending on boat and crew. I really like to begin at exactly midnight in Old Forge.

After silently cruising past softly lit shoreline camps, paddling across the big lakes in total darkness by the light of the stars is not to be missed, especially if solo and alone. That schedule puts me on winding and often foggy Brown's Tract with just enough light to see for navigating the bends and beaver dams in morning dusk. The sun greets me rising over Raquette Lake while the water is still in morning calm. Arriving in Saranac Lake before sunset to a cheering small gathering is quite nice.

Note that the Yukon 1000 consists of a little over 6 days with max by the rules of 18 continuous hours (we keep it right to the minute) of paddling each day. With the current, average distance is 160 miles/day. The cannonball is good training.

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