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 Post subject: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:30 am 
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If you ever thought that shotgunners were too consumed by their pastime, consider this . . .

As I write this, there are nearly 1,000 people paddling 340 miles on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles at the other side of the state. THe Missouri River 340 is underway: A 340-mile kayak/canoe race that must be completed in 85 hours or less. They got underway on Tuesday and the first paddler crossed the finish line in just 36 hours. Others are still underway.

If you don't mind looking at Facebook, log onto to this page to see tons of photos and get updates:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/188849561244166/?hoisted_section_header_type=recently_seen&multi_permalinks=3980335505428867

Here's the official site: https://rivermiles.com/mr340/




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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:52 am 
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And it hot and humid here too!

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:05 am 
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Would that qualify as fun this time of year or some form of torture?

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:53 am 
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Perfectly normal behavior, unless they are paddling up-stream.

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
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Cold beer eases the pain

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:52 am 
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Upstream or downstream?

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
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The speed a boat that can't plane can travel at is a function of the boat's waterline length. This speed is always in the neighborhood of 1.5mph times the square root of the waterline length. If you got a 20' racing canoe or kayak with a W.L. of eighteen feet. That boat can travel at about 1.5xsqr18 miles per an hour or 6.36mph. Maybe a bit more if the paddler is really pushing it.

So, assuming the river is flowing at 3mph, and you got a 20' canoe going speed over water at 7mph for a speed over bottom of 10mph, you could complete a 340 mile stretch of stream inside of 36 hours. Thirty-four hours in the example cited.

It had to be downstream.

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 Post subject: Re: Meanwhile, in Missouri (and you thought we were nuts)
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oneounceload wrote:
Upstream or downstream?


Downstream.

The Missouri River flows east to near St. Louis where it converges with the Mississippi and onto the Gulf of Mexico. They’re racing across the state, west to east, from Kansas City.




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