-- Last Updated: Sep-16-13 6:42 AM EST --
Charlie partnered up with a superb racer and they did great.
What made a great race for us was prior to our getting smashed into we were a few boat lengths in front of two guys from Virginia who race in the same boat as we do, (a Comp Cruiser) and we are always neck and neck. At the first portage around a deadfall, we took the wrong entry back into the river and they took the right one and got in front of us.
We stayed breathing down their necks and when we got smashed into they were about twenty yards in front of us. After getting our wits back about us we tried to catch up, but my seat was hanging down on one side, and I couldn't lean on that side on the bends or the boat would have gone over. We finally pulled over to a sand bar where I got out and wedged my PFD under the seat. By the time we got going again, they were long gone and several other boats went on by us.
Needless to say I was PO'd and almost stopped at the ten mile mark, but we decided to keep going. One by one we caught most of the boats that passed us and that caused us to keep paddling hard. We had long giving up on our competition but then spotted them up ahead, and figured they must have tired out. We watched them go river left where the river goes two ways, and Nanci who had the chart on her GPS, said they took the long way we need to go river right, which we did, and never saw them again until after we finished and they came in way after us.
We caught up with several of the kayaks which started in the wave ahead of us, and had a better time then we did last year, so even though we never saw Bald Paddler and AJ after the first half mile we are quite happy.
We just got home and I just took the seat off and one of the aluminum tubes that it slides on was what broke.
It cracked almost all the way around and there was only about a quarter inch of metal holding it from breaking all the way.
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