I bought a new sleeping bag. Its only 6 inch by 12. Rated for 40F which is plenty for July. With that change I can put the Thermarest pad into the rear hatch and move a few things to the front hatch since I now have WAY more room up there. Mostly very light stuff up front..
Now iam not carrying that much water. I can easily drink that much in a few hours. 60 ounces isn't much.2 liter is about 66 ounces. You guys in summer paddling hard don't drink 2 liters a day, really? Now I can cut it to say 40 ounces and filter water at lunch which is what I most likely will do. But even for short day paddles I always take two 20 ounce bottles.
Bears, yes dont like the thought of bears. I was just going to get a small airhorn to hopefully scare away any bears plus maybe someone else in the group will have some bear spray. Bear Bangers are popular in Canada. But you cant buy them in the USA.
Were going from Hartley Marina down French River to either Old Voyaguer or Voyaguer channel into bay then to killarny.About 45 miles. Yes iam aware of rapids on Old Voyaguer and needing to portage around that.Iam not leading so not sure which way the others want to go. I will mostly likely try test paddling my setup this coming weekend. It will be interesting to see how she rolls. Just for heck of it I will try it with Thermarest on rear deck. Keep in mind the Thermarest is very light. Its the Trail Pro large at 2 pounds 12 ounces so less than 3 pounds. If wind catches it drop skeg a little. But I can now keep it in the rear hatch but curious how it behaves with it out on deck.
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Electric Kayak Motor
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