Enormous thank you to Chuck and Spring Creek! If you’re ever in Minnesota and need any boat work done, or have any questions about kayaks and canoes, Chuck is your man. He’s got 2 barns full of boats, an amazing workshop, and as a 2nd generation paddling outfitter, he knows his stuff! He showed me a kayak he’d rigged for a one-legged paddler (so cool!). Totally worth the extra drive, if that’s a concern. I put one of their stickers on my back hatch with my other sponsors’ logos because he seriously saved me from worrying about sinking!
Jim and I headed back down to Trommald Landing (nearly 3 hrs away! Jim is a godsend of a River Angel to have helped me out so much with this debacle, driving so far and keeping me in good company). By the time I got packed back up and set out it was 2:30pm, my latest start yet. But hey, I think I had a pretty good excuse this time. In fact, I was surprised that this whole thing didn’t have much effect on my planned river mileage. I still made 12 miles (CHECK), despite the wind against me and the late start. And my boat stayed dry!
I stealth-camped tonight at a spot where I could see there was a rock landing (instead of mud). The approach from the boat to a grassy knoll was straight up a hillside—very steep. But once on top of the hill, I had a dreamy view of the river, a breezy spot with fewer bugs, and got to watch the sun set through the pines.
My sister made fun of me for telling her the same story about Levi from earlier this week, “It’s the only conversation you’ve had with another person! Ha hahahah! ‘oh, did I tell you about the peanut butter?’ Hahahahahaa!”