Sunday, May 17, 2009

2009 Paddle for the Border

NC Put In
Originally uploaded by jmharper60
The first real paddle of the new season was the Paddle for the Border, put on by the City of Chesapeake on May 2nd. 17 Mice joined about 200 other paddlers on a 7.5 mile trip up the Dismal Swamp Canal from North carolina to Virginia. This event is very well run, and a lot of fun.

This is a very straight paddle, with only one turn about 5 miles in. The canal is part of the intracoastal waterway, and when not filled with kayaks, will see everything from speedboats to tugs and barges.

The powerboat in the foreground is part of the safety patrol on the water for this event, to make sure that everyone makes it to the other end in one piece.

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