Aging gracefully behind the paddle, your thoughts?

You know I don’t ache so much after reading these comments.

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That’s a good thing. Pain is temporary. I usually don’t feel it if I don’t move.

Huh, I feel pain when i DON’T move. If I wake up achey from prior exertion, some “hair of the dog” in the form of more exercise almost always makes it fade. “Use it or lose it” becomes ever more important as you age.

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Great night could of done double if I had more lights. I had to come home honey had hand surgery today.

Nice temp to cruise.

Hydrated little better. Hopefully no cramps.


Hopefully no cramp. Nice trip. Nice app.

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Thanks so far no cramps.

One of my fave questions when I have to deal with a new doctor is the one about does anything hurt. I mean, do they really want to worry about the slight sciatica after a long paddle or the low back ache from a fall off a chestnut mare in the mid-eighties or the neck stiffness from playing a musical instrument etc?

Probably not. Last time I had to get new docs my rule was no one over 40 years old. To reduce the likelihood that I will have to go thru all these introductions again.

Do not go gently into that good night,
well man I raged, raged, but it’weren’t for busted light,
of the lamp I just knocked over while I was reaching for the glass
of the water on the nightstand as the cramp screamed foot to ass,

as I fell out of the bed smackin’ hound dog on the floor,
which let out a yelp-fest chortle barely heard above wife’s snore,
which in turn choked, stalled, then stammered, “What the Hell is all the ruckus!?”
I screamed, “I’m Dylan with some crampus that’s tacklin’ Thomas like Dick Butkus!”

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That . . . Sums it up.

For the past two weeks. My brother has been searching for a fishing partner while his wife work at the MD State Fair. He has the fish find finders and GPS, and automatic speed control to jump the motor a set RPM, to counteract current.

Despite my many trips, I viewed the Chesapeake Bay as a dynamic mass of churning water, but believed the flow was largely uniform. Thinking it moved to the will of tides, water density, winds, and current, but didn’t realize the impact the bottom had on flow. I’m sure I’m not breaking the morning new to many of you, but he explained the dynamics as we worked the shoals and how the speed increased by three mph as the bottom rose from 30 ft to 11 ft. I witnessed all of this in rivers, where sandbars form and erosion occurs, and where the width and depth change water flow. Fascinating. He used the depth finder to highlight, what he called the surface eyelash defining an underwater hole. It showed why we went from near flat water to 24 inch waves within 300 yards. A 14 ft by 25 inch boat must look incredible small from a satellite.

I made me realize what the kayakers in their prodigious SOT fishing boats with depth finders know about the water body they paddle.
The variety of opportunities in the art of paddling are endless.

Most amazing of all, I actually caught fish, but the whole time my arms wanted to swing a paddle.

And there can be whirlpools and boils at some depths and poof they move fifty feet away and surface there
Reversing falls can be a sea kayakers playground too

Amazing stuff. It’s just a big fat river with a bigger scale.

What’s that?

like a u haul!

She took a box truck and turned into a camper.

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Converted retired Penske cargo box van (2006 GMC Savana 3500 chassis). The “box” is 8’ x 16’. Still has the full overhead door (insulated on the inside with upholstered foam panels) and the original pull out ramp. Rear half of the floor is vinyl tile with eye-bolts running through so that boats/bikes/cargo can be secured with straps so they don’t shift during travel. Double Murphy bed folds up agains left side wall for more cargo room but I find hauling boats shoved on top of the bed works just fine.

Rig is all custom, one of a kind, with 480 watts of rooftop solar charging 2 deep cycle batteries, also has 4000 watt Onan genset fed from the pair of propane tanks under the chassis which also feed the water heater, 80,000 btu room heater, a two burner range and an outside barbecue grill that slides out from an inset behind the rear axle.

Has a flush toilet. 50 gallon water reservoir, 50 gallon grey/blackwater tank, fiberglass and aluminum shower stall, mini fridge that runs on 120v or propane, kitchen sink, wall mounted AC unit behind the cab-mounted spoiler, 2 person dinette, built in loveseat which expands to become a second, twin sized bed`and lots of storage in the birch plywood cabinets. Even has a flat screen TV, DVD player, satellite radio receiver and a swamp cooler built into the cabinet over the dinette.

Can boondock for two weeks in it. Piece of cake to open the rear door and slide in as many as 4 canoes and kayaks up to 17’ long.


Looks to me like you don’t need a house anymore.

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Hah! Way too many hobbies and projects (and pets) to wedge it all in there. But it is great to know I never have to worry about natural disasters any more. Just hang out in the rolling bunker until the power at the house comes back on. Though I may install a generator and some solar at the big house, modest cost options (since I am a retired electrician and can do most of the necessary hookups myself). Seems a prudent option more folks should be considering in the light of current weather pattern trends.

I gave up kayaks a long time ago, because sitting on the floor and being stuck in one position was very uncomfortable.
I paddled canoes for 60 years but now find them too confining.
Now I mostly row a driftboat and use a small outboard on lakes. It is easy to get up and move around and stay loose.

I understand and have been looking at options.