-- Last Updated: Aug-22-10 4:23 AM EST --
Enjoyed the 4 days on the river although the water was low and the fishing pretty poor. Finally got to meet Al A and spend time on the water with him. He really did a great job of maneuvering my Oscoda down the shallow, rocky rapids in the Hinton-Meadow Creek section. Not only is he a great artist but has skills when it comes to paddling, fishing and drinking.
After attending many get-togethers with Big D, I finally got a chance to fish with him. We also managed to do some campfire picking and share some adult beverages.
The last day on the water I had to stop every 1/2 mile or so and dump a couple gallons of water out of my MR12. Checked it when I got home and found a new 3" long crack on the bottom near the scupper under the seat. Patched it yesterday with some G-flex and kevlar cloth so it should be ready to go again.
One of these days I need to paddle the short sections of the New between Glen Lyn and the backwaters of Bluestone Lake and from Brooks falls to Sandstone Falls. Those are the only parts of the New I haven't paddled from the North Carolina border to the Dries.