Inside of a month

Posted by Ken Campbell May 9, 2012 0 Comment 963 views
I’ve been working on my boat. A fair bit of glue, putting in some buckles for interior bags and heel padding near the pedals. I thought about replacing the rudder cables – they’re showing a bit of rust and wear – but I’ve decided to let it ride for now. I have the parts to fix whatever breaks and I’ll have them with me on the trip as well. I can do the deed then if I have to.
I got the damn boot off my foot yesterday. Went to see the doc and he seemed pleased with the progress. So, with some caveats about what I can do and where, what kind of footwear is recommended, etc. I am now clear to paddle, after three weeks in the S&M footwear. 
I’ve been meaning to take a few photos of the kayak as I’ve been working on it, just to give an idea of where I’m at and what I’m doing. But honestly, the pictures (if I would have taken any), wouldn’t show much. In the words of the Little Prince, “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” The mundane tasks I’ve been engaged in just wouldn’t lend themselves to any photo analysis. It’s all important though… at least I like to think so.
I’m going out for a morning paddle this morning. First one in three weeks. It’s all kayaking for a while now… I’m going to miss the SUP – a little – but I expect I’ll make some time here and there for a little water walking when I can. But it’s the kayak that matters now.
The trip, the first phase of it anyway, begins one month from today. In my mind, it’s already started.

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