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CANCELLED - Potomac River Paddle, Sunday, October 2, 2011, 10 AM

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  • Bob Cianflone
    Folks - I am cancelling this trip for safety reasons. There is now a small craft advisory, and, although MD DNR Police allows groups such as ours to paddle on
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2011
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      Folks - I am cancelling this trip for safety reasons. There is now a small craft advisory, and, although MD DNR Police allows groups such as ours to paddle on the river, it is smarter to wait and paddle another day. Stay safe.



      --- In Potomac_River_Paddlers@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Cianflone" <bcianflone@...> wrote:
      >
      > This is our first paddle of the fall; the air is now cooler, and henceforth, our real paddling season begins, until next summer.
      >
      > On Sunday, at our paddling location, it will be sunny and clear, with a daytime high of 55 degrees, and a nighttime low of 43 degrees. At this time, there is little or no precipitation predicted. The daytime humidity will be 65%, and the nighttime humidity will be 72%. The UV index will be high at a 6, and there will be a NW wind of approximately 13 MPH.
      >
      > According to the area gauges, the river level will have decreased drastically from the prior week. The river level is predicted to be at 3.9 feet, and the current should be moving at 1.75 kcfs. However, the water will still be moving, since it is a river.
      >
      > The daytime water temperature has been hovering at 72 degrees, and this range should remain the same through the weekend. On Sunday, the sunrise will be at 7:08 AM, and the sunset will be at 6:53 PM. The days are now getting shorter, as we are heading towards winter, when nature will go in its annual repose.
      >
      > Please join us on this flatwater kayak trip. There are no rapids or ripples whatsoever on this stretch of the river. All are welcome on this paddle. This is an up-and-back trip, so the put-in is the same as the take-out. After scouting the river and evaluating the weather conditions, we will paddle against the current going up for 4 miles, and then paddle with the current coming back for 4 miles.
      >
      > Incidentally, it is interesting to note that, on this same day and location of our paddle, in 1927, the temperature was 98 degrees.
      >
      > We will meet at 10 AM at the Shepherdstown 24-hour boat ramp parking area at the end of North Princess Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for a scenic flatwater paddle. Please bring plenty of water and a healthy biped meal (not rodent kibbles) for our mid-point break. There is a Sheetz close to the boat ramp if anything is needed. To carry it in the hatch, I use either a large trash bag or a cooler, and in that container I put a bag of ice, sandwiches, fruit, and water bottles, and finally place it inside a hatch, where it stays cold all day.
      >
      > Here are the directions for the trip's meeting point: From Frederick, take Rt. 340 West (which will take you from MD through VA for a spell and finally into WV over the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers), then turn right at Rt. 230, then go over Rattlesnake Run Creek into Shepherdstown, then turn right on North Princess
      > Street, and go until it ends. You are on the city-owned public boat ramp. Park therein.
      >
      > If you have any inquiries, please contact me directly. On our web site, in the Files section, in addition to much paddling information, we have a satellite photo of the planned paddle:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Potomac_River_Paddlers/
      >
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