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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CR100 2011

100 miles down the Colorado River from Bastrop to Columbus, Texas.  This race started, I think, 8 or 9 years ago.  I was in the very first race.  Now I've done 3 1/2 CR100 races.  The temperatures this year have been brutal.  Training runs at 105 or higher--I know 107 on one of the runs.  It was a great relief when the weather forecast for the race was in the low nineties.  Of course that changed.  We actually saw right around 100 degrees during the day on saturday.  Water flow has been relatively good due to the demand by rice farmers down river.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Rods and Reels

I’ve been a spinning reel guy all my life, or at least the last 50 or more years. Last bait casting reel I can remember using belonged to my dad. I recollect that the reel was kind of a red or maroon color, was mounted on a metal rod, and more or less, filled with black braided line. Can’t remember anybody ever catching any fish with it but I do remember we used it some. My dad and uncles would show us kids how to cast—and then how to untangle the backlash. That’s basically what we did...try to cast...and then untangle the backlash.  I could have learned to hate that reel, but I didn’t. It was just part of the total experience of “fishing.” I don’t know where the rod and reel is now, probably went to backlash heaven. Last I remember of it is my dad yelling for us kids to get back as he flailed away with it at a snake in the water. Memories....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

CR100 Training Run 8/19/11

Since I missed the scheduled CR100 training run for the middle section because of the Neches River Wilderness Canoe race (and I ended up missing that race because of my back!), I got with a couple of other guys and paddled the 36, or so, miles from Smithville to La Grange.  Will, Ron, and I launched from River Bend Park in Smithville.  They day hadn't started well for me.  I have to drive nearly 3 hours to get there, so I start out early--around 4:00am.  Not 5 miles from home I hit a deer.  I missed 4 or 5, but this one seemed determined to get hit.  New truck!  I've had it two weeks.  I let out a few primal yells of--not joy.  After I calmed down I got out my duct tape and taped up the bumper cover and hanging fog light.  Could have been worse, I guess.  I continued my trip--headlight slightly cockeye.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CR100 Training Run 8/13/11

This CR100 training run is for what is considered the third section.  The first being the 27 miles from Bastrop to Smithville.  The second section is from Smithville to La Grange--36 miles.  And this section is 36 miles from La Grange to Columbus.  Most of us will do a big part of this section in the dark.  A lot of people showed up for this run.  The race will be in two weeks so these runs are fairly important.  Even if you don't expect to win you have to put out an effort just to finish 100 miles in the Texas heat.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Neches River Wilderness Canoe Race

Today I was suppose to be paddling in the Neches River Wilderness Canoe Race.  This is done on a 22 miles section of the river just below Palestine Lake, or the Blackburn Crossing Dam.  Unfortunately my back went out on wednesday and hasn't got any better.  My back goes out every few years for almost no rhyme or reason.  I just turn the wrong way, or do something I've done a thousand times before and out it goes.  It usually takes a week to get better--rarely longer.  This really bums me out because I was looking forward to it.  Last week I did a training run.  My camera flash card was full about 1/3 of the way through, but you can see all the pictures I got HERE.
Ah well--rest, stretching, get ready for a CR100 training run next weekend--I hope.