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deepmud

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Moving
« on: August 20, 2023, 12:13:10 AM »
Been in Alaska most of my life, 29 years in the current house. Packing/Selling/Dumping/Giving everything away is a huge pain, and physically I'm never going to be able to do this ever again. All the good things SUP does for me have been put on hold.  Good news is I'm 100% working from home  and have lots of options.  Mom's yard is stage 1 for now, in Gray's Harbor area of Washington,  near Olympia.  I had a tantrum and insisted I needed one more paddle up here and got 3 hours in on Friday. Super pretty our, and the salmon were in the creeks to make it fun .

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Re: Moving
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2023, 12:14:47 AM »
Couple more

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Re: Moving
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2023, 04:24:03 AM »
That would certainly be hard to leave Mudman... you should discover more amazing places in Washington.

I am sure the move will lead to a very cool new chapter!
Keep us posted

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Re: Moving
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2023, 03:31:49 PM »
Hey,  I'll miss those 'super natural' posts that really transported us to Alaska.  Here's to your warmer future.     
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Re: Moving
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2023, 10:09:16 PM »
I'm going to miss the challenge of subzero paddling I think. I survived the Alaska Highway, arriving 2:30am 8/27. My V10 Touareg is a beast. I overloaded the rv a bit but had upgraded the tires and  suspension and added bumpstops. Since it ended up sitting on the bumpstops,  they were critical to surviving the severe frost heaves of the first 1500 miles or so. The Touareg was smooth and handles a 9k+ trailer easy, a 150mph tug boat with Brembo calipers.

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Re: Moving
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2023, 02:44:34 AM »
That must be an awesome trip. Keep us updated. I've always enjoyed your posts.   8)
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Re: Moving
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2023, 10:45:27 AM »
Time for an update! Where did you end up?

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Re: Moving
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2023, 03:05:58 PM »
Well - arrived in Montesano, a few weeks later cross-country to NY, near Oneida/Syracuse. Paddled an old bit of Erie Canal for fun :) Back across the US - stopped and visited John Knippers, first SUP to finish the Alabama 650 (please vote for John for SUP Best Male Performance of the Year - he went and did Last Paddler Standing a few weeks later too! No big support or team, he did get Speedboard to sponsor him a board after 2nd place in Last Paddler Standing last year https://www.totalsup.com/news/totalsup-awards-2023/?j=78574&sfmc_sub=191134&l=882_HTML&u=1241592&mid=546000330&jb=1003  only a hundred votes behind the leader ) Then back across the US (travel a couple days, work 3-5, drive again) to California - Oceano, caught covid and after a week hit the highway north to park in Washington again. Busy with work, mooch-docking off my mom :D and looking at what my long term options are. At this point, I'm still Alaskan, just traveling. Some land on Puget Sound is possible if I can make the numbers work. Paddled a few times here on the Chehalis River - had to dodge a couple huge Sea Lions who were diving for salmon - that was surprising so many miles from the ocean. Also quite a few harbor seals - much less scary ;)  I also saw a couple Eagles last time out - which was not surprising until I thought about where I am vs where I used to be :D Winter paddling here is like fall/spring in Alaska - my dry suit is too hot :D at 44f air temps. I'm out of shape but I am slowly getting over the moving/traveling/sitting on my butt all day.

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Re: Moving
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2023, 03:29:39 PM »
I forgot - I had to weld up my "new" trailer in NY - the tongue was "up" about 3 or 4 inches and starting to buckle the walls and fail hard. I think it was starting to bend after the AlCan - but these newer trailers have lot of failed tongues on them - lucky for me it held till I was parked at my in-laws for several weeks and could deal with it. I have a wire-feed emergency type trail welder - turns out it will work on a couple of 200AH Lithium-Iron batteries as well as it does (maybe better) than traditional lead-acid. Ugly welds but deep penetration and I paid the $$ for cold-rolled plate to rebuild with. Oh - and a spring broke :D That was no surprise. Swapped springs too. Too much time fixing to paddle as much as I had hoped. Working on the EST zone with Alaskans is weird - plenty of time in the mornings but I am online to 8-9pm at night. Next time I take more PTO and hopefully break fewer things :D

EDIT: For my wife - bringing a clean bathroom along is worth the 11mpg :D For me being able to pull into a rest stop and grab 3 hours of sleep in a real bed is amazing - I don't drive 24 hours without sleep anymore but 3 here and 3 there and 6 there.... I can rack up some miles. BTW - the highways are STUFFED with long haul trucks. The economy is on fire - there just cannot be that much crap rolling on the highways and not be selling a ton of EVERYTHING. The truck drivers can barely get a place to pull over for mandatory stops - all the truck stops, all the rest stops and a ton of off-ramps and on-ramps are full of trucks every night, 7 days a week. SO MANY TRUCKS. No wonder I was paying 5 to 6 bucks a gallon for diesel - there is HUGE demand - so many many many many trucks. We need Tesla trucks just to cut into the demand for fuel - they won't be replacing that many trucks for a long long time but it would help a little. Speaking of electricity - the wind farms  -  holy moly - at night, the red indicator lights are in sync - it's a little spooky to see that much flashing red simultaneously horizon to horizon.
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