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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sidelined by floods… again!

Paddled 1-29-13: 16.4 miles (4.1 miles were repeated from previous week) Trip: 1439.5 miles Richard Grove and I went back below Rome Monday to work on the sections of the Coosa River and the Etowah that I had skipped.  I’ve written about what a great day Monday was, knocking out seventeen miles that I had … Continue reading »

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Got my confidence back.

Today: 17.0 miles Trip: 1423.1 miles Richard and I met at a convenience store west of Rome this morning, dropped a car a Lock and Dam Park, and then drove to the Old River Road boat ramp on the Coosa. We paddled the ten miles upriver to Lock and Dam Park with no great difficulty. … Continue reading »

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New paddle in hand!

My replacement paddle has arrived, and the floodwaters have receded over around Rome, so Richard Grove and I are heading to Lock and Dam Park in the morning to paddle the sections that the recent heavy rains forced me to bypass. Rough weather is forecast for Wednesday, so that may be a good day to … Continue reading »

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What a mess!

The day started good, though cold. It went from 26 all the way up to 34 during the afternoon. Three to five inch icicles hung from branches at every rapid or limb in the river generating splashes. Just after I passed I-575 in Canton, my beloved ZRE carbon fiber paddle broke. This is no reflection … Continue reading »

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Across Lake Allatoona

Today: 22.7 miles Trip: 1393.2 miles I hit the lake at 8:00 this morning, paddled from my campsite in Red Top Mountain State Park to the Allatoona Dam, up the lake to Knox Bridge, which is generally considered the upper end of the lake, and then went another 1.8 miles. With the exception of about … Continue reading »

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Long shuttle

The Corps is still releasing at high flow from Allatoona, so I had to admit that I simply could not paddle against that current without undo danger. I paddled about 3 1/2 miles downriver to Johnny and Michelle’s weekend river home and had a delicious breakfast and enjoyable conversation with them. A half mile downriver, … Continue reading »

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On the Etowah at last

Today: 10.2 miles Trip: 1376.7 Joe Cook took me to an access point for the Oostanaula River this morning. I pulled away at 8:30, paddled a very short way, a couple hundred yards, perhaps, and then headed upriver on the Etowah. At last! Although I had heard from the Corps of Engineers that they were … Continue reading »

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Getting underway again

When I got off the river Tuesday, a few miles below Rome, the river stage was at 20′. It looked like it might drop back down to a manageable level by Saturday or Sunday, but that clearly is not the case. I’ve about had all the sitting around a hotel that I can stand, so … Continue reading »

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Right on , Larry

Today: 22.0 miles Trip: 1366.5 miles I was pretty down yesterday because of of my mistake in getting out of the channel, but meeting Larry Waldrop turned that around. First thing this morning, I paddled over to the mud flat/sandbar right where he had suggested, and there was the lowest and narrowest point of the … Continue reading »

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Wet and cold… then a warm heart

Yesterday, Monday the 14th, was rainy, windy, and cold. Richard Grove had shuttled me around Weiss Dam Sunday, and he took me to the Leesburg post office to pick up a general delivery supply package from Kathy. At 9:00, I gave an interview with a very pleasant reporter, and finally got on the water around … Continue reading »

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