I started out early again, and got on the water just as it was bright enough to see. I noticed there were more houses today, many with boats. Strange though, that on a Sunday, no one was out on their boat. As usual, there was a fog on the river. The water is a fair bit warmer than the air in the morning, so it can make it pretty thick sometimes.
It was more and more miles of the same. It’s the same monotony that you find on long backpacking trails at times. It gives you a chance to quiet the mind and just paddle.
All day of paddling, and still, no one out in their boats. Why have them? There were quite a few houses along the water in this stretch. They almost all had a random chair sitting by the river. I’ve never seen anyone at one of these chairs, and they honestly look uninviting to sit on. I’m starting to wonder if they just come with the house and no one ever removes them. Perhaps they are leftover from some bygone era before people had the internet or interesting things on tv. There is no doubt that some of the chairs were older than me.
I decided to stay at the Army Corp Campground. Of course, the sites right next to the river are not the tent sites. Oh no, those are on the opposite end.
The first order of business is always getting stuff charged up. The whole day had been hazy from the wildfire smoke, so the solar panel didn’t get the battery full.
Next order of business is food. It’s a bummer when there are restaurants that are just outside of how far I’m willing to walk. I had plenty to make, but it’s not the same. Oh well. I’ll get some food when I make Aitken in a few days.
I also used my vinyl repair kit to patch up one of my dry bags. The one with a few clothing layers had some seam tape ripping up. Hopefully that will fix it. I also reapplied some to previous leaks on my air mattress. Maybe this will fix my slow leak problem.
The final step before bed was to make use of the showers. Certainly different from the rain showers the day before. They were nice and hot. It wasn’t even Shower Tuesday yet, so this was a bonus shower. I washed away the layers of dirt, deet, and sunscreen. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get out, but I figured I need to sleep at some point. Maybe I’ll take another in the morning…
Total Mileage: 236.1 (past 10%, yay!)
Today’s Audio: Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic)