The Sternwheeler coming at me from an unexpected direction.

The Sternwheeler coming at me from an unexpected direction.

This was my perspective while waiting for the sternwheeler to pass me by today. It was waaaayyy earlier than the schedule indicated today as the Portland Cruises website indicated a departure of noon, which would have had the sternwheeler passing me from the northwest instead of southeast at this point. By the time it had mysteriously showed up from the opposite direction I already had 4 miles under my belt in a full 4/3 wetsuit, so I was a little tuckered to say the least! Yes, a 4/3. I was expecting to fall in at least a couple times while tailgating the boat and the Willamette is currently 48 degrees fahrenheit in direct sunlight. So you know, shut up =) I did manage to tuck behind the boat, hold onto the first swell for a few seconds, back off for the sake of comfort to the second swell, ride that one for a few seconds before completely screwing up my footing and nearly falling off. I got back up and jumped on the 5th or 6th swell, which with ongoing effort was enough to keep me going for awhile longer. It was playful fun and became a helluva workout today!

If there’s a sternwheeler on the Sellwood, river paddles just got a lot more interesting! It’s time to park the Bark race board and break out the Naish Glide! Hopefully this is a regularly scheduled route so I can make it a regularly scheduled paddle!

Picture grabbed from the river cam at richmorgan.com

Sternwheeler surfing anyone?

Sternwheeler surfing anyone?

It’s time to burn a few calories before devouring many, many more. Tasks of the morning: Drink coffee, go paddle, eat! It’s 30 degrees outside but the river looks amazing so Farmer John and I will just have to team up for this mission! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Glassy and cold. It's no Hawaii water but it'll do!

Glassy and cold. It’s no Hawaii water but it’ll do!