What beautiful country, every bend (and there's a lot of them) brings a new breathtaking landscape. I had a deer swim across the river right in front me. Just like most people's gaze, I could tell he couldn't figure out what the hell to make of me and this contraption floating down river. The sun … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 15: Warren Dam
Yep, figured I'd try this at some point. I'm a few miles before the fourth dam, the Warren Dam. As usual, it's lake like conditions all the way until after it.
Leaving Ty and Jenn's place on the river, I made my way down to the Shenandoah River State Park. Three or four days past my predicted ETA. It was a Sunday and the waters were beginning to recede. The sun brought out the tubers in full, it was a popular float day in that section. … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 14: Shenandoah River State Park
Damn I love meeting people out here. For real, Virginia... Put me to tears. Shortly after these cliffs, with the waters continuing to rise, I met Ty and Jenn. We must of been canoeing along parallel routes for awhile. When the two channels joined we got to talking, as we rowed. They invited me back … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 12-13: Country River Take Me Home
The Luray dam. What a pain in the ass. At the previous two dams there are notice signs "No portage at Luray Dam". I just kept telling myself, where there's a will there's a way. The third of five damns between Waynesboro, VA and Harpers Ferry, WV is the worst one to work around. The … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 11: Those Damn Bachelorette Parties
The rain has been a blessing. I finally had a 20+ mile day. The river is up from 2.6 when I first started to 4-5 and rising. Outfitters are restricting certain accesses I hear. Only large rafts at this level, at 5.0 they all shut down. The going is way faster and the thrills a … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 10: Bed Boat
It's raining. And it's going to keep raining. I've received alerts of flash flooding on my phone and weather reports from my old man. After getting through the Newport dam, only about 30 minutes of rowing brings you to a great private camp ground called Riverside Camping. It's a must stop. Plan to reach the … Continue reading Aquablaze Day 8-9: Let the Rains Begin