This is an interesting read. I seek out horrible/windy conditions to downwind in, but always am making a decision without the need to travel anywhere, not part of a multi day trip. I can see the dilemma/pull/desire to keep moving when prudence says stay put. Wisdom is knowing the difference between borderline and too much
You should laugh with me. The canoe at the time was tied down (To keep it in Nevada), and weighted. Sideways to the wind would have been nice, but I don’t think I would have been strong enough, had it decided to go sightseeing without me. It was still a good day. I read and ate and watched from the shore, all good. The next day I pushed off and the wind had switched around to a tailwind, that was a bit scary, as well… made great miles, and was off the water early, to watch it blow some more.
You did gooood !! I chopped a day and the last 20 miles off a trip last month. Uh, uh, not me, in the rising sun I saw a large bass boat stuff its nose hard. I wasn’t going out in that. I found a friendly ride to where my truck was parked and by the afternoon (with the wind dropping, Of course) I had the boat up on the racks and I was headed home.
Dago, I raced for a number of years. That means that I drove across the state at an un-godly hour to compete.
Some of those races were in very questionable circumstances. Paddled into the teeth of a Tropical storm, when a cold front delivered six foot waves to the beach we were launching from, and when hurricane feeder bands were flying by.
The decisions to paddle were questionable, but I have enough experience to know the questions. I did not rely on anyone else to make the decision for me.
It takes experience to know what one’s limitations are. If that makes sense.
It’d be interesting to know the percentage of people with a little experience who get into trouble vs the people with no experience who get into trouble.
OK, enough morning philosophizing w/o another cup of coffee.