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My friend Jim was on his first trip and he had trouble getting in his kayak for the first time. The boat went out from under him and he plunged in up to his neck. It was a chilly day but we forged onward. We stopped at the first bridge we came to and built a fire to dry him out a little. We spent an hour there then moved on. You pass under several R.R trusses along the way before reaching another bridge. This is at Spithaler School Road and there really isn't anyplace to pull out there so we continued to the next bridge which is on Ashstop Road.
Before reaching Ashstop Rd. we saw a lot of debris along the creek from the flooding of last year. There was plastic hanging from the trees and it really needs cleaned up. Other kayakers in previous years had been working on cleaning this creek but now it's really bad. If I'm able to ad pictures of that I will. So it might be a good idea to carry some garbage bags and do as much clean up as you can.
Being early in the year we didn't see the usual Blue Herons but we did see many ducks, wood peckers and geese along the way. We could have continued further down from there but it just wasn't a real nice day so we pulled out there. I have another article on this site that starts from the Old Rt. 68 Bridge. That is a few miles down from where we pulled out and we would have continued on but our one friend was still pretty wet so we got out before hitting the one set of class 1-2 rapids. I felt he could use a skirt on this section being he took on water as we passed through a small set of rapids earlier.
All in all it was a very nice trip and we'll be doing it again in the next month. Hopefully a little more prepared. It was however a memorable trip none the less. Let the kayaking season begin!!!
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