Packing Fatigue


Yesterday we found out whether we could actually fit all this stuff in a canoe. The answer was no. (Back to REI with you, Camp Time Roll-A-Table.) Yesterday we spent about 6 hours shopping, shoving things into dry bags and carrying backpacks upstairs and downstairs and back up again. Today we spent 10 hours registering a canoe, going to REI (twice, technically) and the hardware store, figuring out how to use all this gear, and shoving things into dry bags again.

This trip is an unimaginable amount of work. Hundreds of hours of work. There are five Google Documents and a to-do list over 30 items long. I wanted to do a better job of documenting this preparation process but there hasn’t really been time for it. We’ve been too caught up trying to figure out how to seal a Seal Line bag, segmenting ropes and agonizing over canoe paddles. Bent or straight? BENT OR STRAIGHT?

Below is some progress. See you in three days, Lake Itasca.


6 thoughts on “Packing Fatigue

  1. Bent or straight, bent or straight… (that’s what she said).
    I have both types. These I bought for the bow. I find I seem to get more power out of the wider straight paddle than I do out of the bent paddle which is a bit narrower but is supposed to give you more bang for the energy expended (if so, I’m not feelin it). I Also find that if I do use either of them in the stern I have much more control with the straight paddle. But who knows, on a long journey, maybe bent does make a difference ( sarcasticly… “thanks mike, this has been helpful”).

    The latest addition, I finally bought a kayak paddle. A ranger I met in the dacs finally convinced me just after completing a grueling 7-mile solo-paddle into 30 mph headwinds winds on low lake. The paddle comes apart and stowes easily. Wooden and very light weight. I use it all the time now even when I’m not solo paddling, but I think that’s mainly because the bowmen (bowwomen) aren’t really paddlers and it helps me to compensate. I find that, especially on a long day where I need to make time, the kayak paddle allows me to keep a good pace better.

    But everybody’s different. I’d expect you may switch off to something different a few times during this trip.

  2. . Reporting from Minnesota-I haven’t heard any foreboding news about the Mississippi in the last month. So don’t worry about flooding. Just enjoy the trip! Things are going to work out just as they should. The river will you teach you what you need to know if you keep your eyes and hearts open.

    Happy Paddling!


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