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  Going without pit crew
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Apr-02-13 10:32 PM (EST)
 

A few questions. 1)Are you staying in motels or campinng? 2) Will you prepare your morning and evening meals or eat out?
Going solo and camping and cooking your meals means you will have gear that needs transportation from the start each day to the finish each day. You will need to arise early to cook, eat, and break camp before the paddlers meeting. At the end of each day you will need to find your gear, set up camp, cook your meal.
Staying in motels and eating in restaurants simplifies the mornings, but still requires getting from motel to restaurant to start line.
Either way you will need someone to transport your gear for you; whether it be camping gear or just your clothing. Finding someone to drive your vehicle each day with your gear makes it simple for you, but is a big imposition on others.
Having a pit crew makes life so much easier. You really need to line up a pit crew beforehand or at least a driver. At everydays finish there are those wet tired paddlers trying to hitchhike back to the start line to retrieve their vehicle and gear. And its a long walk.
In the early days there was a gear truck for those going unsupported and a shuttle from Saranac Lake back to Old Forge for people to drop vehicles at the finish line on Thursday night. Those days are over.
For your first time you might want to partner with someone who can provide a pit crew and is missing a partner. Portaging a tandem boat and gear with two people is easier than a solo boat and gear alone. A
C-4 is even more fun. 2 people with an empty boat, two people with just gear.
If the logistics look daunting, ask the Voyageur crews if they'd like another paddler, some are looking for paddlers even after registration. Its
good to do your first 90 Miler with someone or a crew that's experienced.
Bill

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