In March we spent just over two weeks travelling around the South East States hitting up some classic boating along the way. We managed a different run every day and caught up with a lot of friends - old and new. Combine this with some sweet BBQ and micro-brews you don't get much better. The South East is still one of my favourite places to paddle, the variety of boating and the warm welcome you get makes it an essential destination for any travelling boater.
This trip also gave me a chance to really put the Big Dog Force OC1 through it's paces. Apart from having some gluing malfunctions, I found it did everything I wanted it to. The speed was good, it was predictable, forgiving, resurfaced nicely, and boofed well. This was all good news as there were times I needed all the help I could get!!! I look forward to this boat going into production.
There's literally thousands of pictures from our trip so I've just dumped a few of them on here. For those of you interested in lists here's the low-down of what we ran and where they were.........
Blyth Shoals / Hooker falls - Saluda (SC)
North fork French Broad (NC)
Lower Rocky Broad (NC)
Wilson's Creek (NC)
Play boating at the Ledges in Asheville (NC)
Green Narrows (NC)
Chattooga ( section 4) (GA)
Tellico ledges (TN)
Little River Canyon (AL)
Middle Meadow (WV)
Lower Big Sandy (WV)
Team America 2010
First drop of the trip - Hooker Falls
Jo flying off Hooker Falls
Beef starts the show-boating
Three's never a crowd.....
Pedro man-vesting Reedy Falls
Jamie really does enjoy boating......honestly
Look he's proving it.......
Tom drops into Redneck on the Lower Rocky Broad
Eli runs Walker Falls
Beef loves the Rocky Broad
I love it too......
We all do!!!!
Wilson's Creek Ten foot falls
Frankie smearing all over a Wilson's rock
Eli get's some air
Playboating at the Ledges park
Eli and Frankie going tandem
Cartwheeling the Ledges
Can you guess where it is yet?
Beef getting ready to run a Green Narrows rapid
Barney and Snowy explain another line to us
Eli at the bottom of a Green drop
Pedro sliding below Gorilla
Eli leads me through Rapid Transit.........it's so fast!!!
The Groove Tube
Taking the Groove Tube boof
The Green really is awesome
You can take the boy out of Salford........
Low water release on the Cheoah
Snowy loves the Tellico
It's the little things that make you a pro-boater.........
Lord Lyle leads the way on Baby Falls
Making Frankie nervous
The gang at the bottom of Jared's Knee
The LRC - fantastic!!!
Lord Lyle shows us the beautiful LRC
Looking to the bottom of Pinball on the LRC
Tom on Wonder Falls - Big Sandy River, West Virginia
An awesome way to finish the trip
Big big thanks to Snowy, Eli and Megan, Lord Lyle, Corey and Jess, Barney, Chris, and everyone else who let us sleep in their houses, showed us where to get good food and beer, and took us to the fantastic rivers. You guys made the trip!!!!
Also big thanks to Big Dog who made the the river fun happen with their cool boats.