Ok, last weekend I wrote about my first few kayak adventures. I’ll be following up with some things I learned that should be helpful to new paddlers, from a new paddler. The old timers may not even think of some of these things, as they might be second nature to them.
This note will be about water, the drinking kind, not the ‘put the boat in’ kind.
It may not look it, but paddling is a strenuous exercise, coupled with the open air and possibly lots of wind. As a result I find that I need to bring along about twice as much drinking water as I would normally use during a similar time on my bicycle. Twice as much? Most probably because there are no convenient stops to buy cold Gatorade or whatever your favorite refreshment. And I find that I do use most if not both bottles of water in a couple hours. Next time I’ll be bringing bigger bottles.
So far I’ve found that it’s hard to keep the water bottles out of the sun, the kayak seat has a bottle holder in the front, so without a spray skirt that is in the sun. Well, the Manitou is a flatwater kayak so I don’t have a spray skirt for it. I have yet to devise a better place to store the second bottle, any suggestions? I have a small space behind the seat back, but I’ve been keeping a small bag with my lunch there, and that spot is almost unreachable while I’m seated in the boat.
Next time: navigation