With Father’s Day coming, I knew it would be tough to get out this weekend, so I decided to join the local AMC group on their Thursday night run at Tville in CT. Tville is a run that I do often. It has some nice surf spots above the Gorge, and a couple of pool drops in the Gorge. The highlight of the trip for most is the playhole.
Being the only canoe (without a roll) with a bunch of kayakers (with rolls), I usually skip the playhole and focus on taking pictures. I had tried it once before at about the same level, bounced around for a few seconds before backing out with the boat still upright, and considered myself lucky. It didn’t look too bad on Thursday, so I decided to give it a try again.
I ventured in and the boat immediately got swung around sideways. I side surfed for a couple of seconds before doing a couple of forward strokes to get myself out. I was almost out when the boat hit the stronger downstream current at the edge of the hole, shifted upstream, and over I went.
I gave the boat a good push thinking that would get it over to the eddy, but in the strong current it continued downstream – and me with it. I decided that I had better focus on getting myself to shore, which I did. My boat went over the next drop before the crew as able to push it into an eddy.
Even with the swim, it was another fun trip, and I remain captain of the swim team for 2017!
Few more pictures here: