I am determined to document my experiences and thoughts about Paddle Georgia 2012 albeit after the fact. I have more time now to contemplate my journey and also to articulate these thoughts in a mildly entertaining way. I have received some great feedback on the few posts so far so I will continue to forge ahead.
This year was a little different in terms of logistics, Dan Jones, Dee Stone, Bonny Putney and I decided to go the hotel/self shuttle route.
The logistics of moving 350 people down a river for a week have been refined over the 8 previous years that Paddle Georgia has been in existence. The reality is at this point everyone is pretty darn good at it. First order of business is to drop off your boat IF you are not taking the end of river shuttle back to Reidsville at the end of the trip. They say timing is everything and if you are taking the end of river shuttle back you load you boat in Darien (the end of the trip) on a semi and these boats are transported to Deen’s landing. Of course as we were about to leave Deen’s landing the truck from Darien pulled up, there were a handful of folks on hand and none of us wanted to leave the task of unloading the 70 or so boats to them without lending a hand. Joe Cook mumbled something like “well you can go if you want to…..” with the look of a puppy in need of adoption. This was also an opportunity for Joe to meet Little River Guy for the first time. For those of you that do not know Joe, he is the Executive Director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative. Joe is also the visionary who came up with the idea that is now Paddle Georgia.
Photo by Alan Kendall
The work done, we prepare to leave Deen’s Landing but not before Little River Guy contemplates the trip ahead from Mile 0 on Paddle Georgia 2012.