29th Adirondack Ninety Mile Conoe race 2011
It's that time of year again. Leigh and I will motor south shortly for the 7th time in as many years to challenge the elements and waterways of the Adirondacks.
The 3 day, 90 mile course will test our endurance and perseverance. Every year brings a new adventure to add to our repertoire of tales to tell in the years to come. From the first year when we paddled well into the night, to the time we capsized due to fatigue to last years rough weather. So rough was the third and last day of last years race, that prior to the starting gun the race director announced that every paddler must don their pfd before starting out. I looked at Leigh and said, "I think we're in for it today bud." We were fortunate to finish in Saranac Lake on Lake flower because many did not. Quite a few boats capsized in the wind tossed lakes and had to be rescued.
The weather report for this year looks ideal, but we all know about weather and weather reports, now don't we?
We are already late in leaving. Leigh is an obstetrician and the best laid plans are frequently upset by a woman in labor. That first year, the one where we paddled after dark, Leigh and Karen didn't pull in to Old Forge 'til one o'clock in the morning. We were on the water at 0800 the next morn.
Here's hoping we won't repeat that today.