Today’s miles: 9.3 Today’s paddling miles: 8.3 Cumulative miles: 98.7 Cumulative paddling miles: 69.2
Too much flow downriver to run a dye trace today, so I made camp early and will dispense dye early tomorrow morning.
I set out from Bethel Park around 8:30 and arrived at Buford Dam about 10:45. The portage was fairly easy except for getting everything up the rip rap at the base of the dam. Once above that, it was an easy carry, in two trips, of boat and gear – I was loaded light, with just basic paddling gear, water, and a light on the stern of the boat due to the fog. Once at the top, I installed my handy dandy new wheels under the boat, reloaded the gear, and had an easy mile or so portage.
A friend, Joe Smith, showed up at Buford Dam Park to help Kathy and me load the boat and get underway. Joe had read my blog earlier this morning and decided on the spur of the moment to head down to help. Thanks, Joe!