Friday, October 28, 2011
After about a month off the water, I finally had some time to get back out there. I missed the last two weeks of great weather so I had to settle for "pretty good" weather. My spare time came to me at about 7 am so I ducked out of reality and hit the Fox River nice and early.
I passed through some sprinkles on the way out to Miller Riverfront Park in Mchenry but nothing that scared me away. I unloaded, portaged, and dropped in. As soon as I pushed away from shore, the sky opened up and it rained. I was prepared for the chilly water splashing on me in my rain gear, so it actually raining on me wasn't too bad. Luckily it stopped as quickly as it started.
I headed north from Miller Park towards Downtown Mchenry. There was NO wind and NO boats out there so the water was perfect. It was as if the river missed me and wanted to welcome me back with the perfect paddling conditions. I was sipping coffee and watching the birds fly by on water that was a mirror. It was well worth the wait.
I paddled up just past the rt 120 bridge before turning back. It wasn't a long trip, but it was enough to relax me and get me excited about getting out there again.