We decided it was time
to take the plunge. This Saturday, Liz Burnside, Erik Ogaard, Sean and
myself have decided to attempt to paddle across Lake Ontario.
We are planning to leave from Toronto early
Saturday morning, paddle south and land in Saint Catharines on the south side. The total
length for the crossing is 49km, 30 miles, 27 nautical miles or 4,888,364 centimeters.
It's a long way no matter how you look at it.
Why do it? There are a
couple of reasons, the tragic accident this winter of Andrew McAuley
really hit us hard. We had been following very closely his attempt to cross the
Tasman Sea. It's a huge crossing of 1600km.
Large crossing have always been interesting but this was different, he showed
that large crossings in a basically of-the-shelf kayak could be possible. When
he passed away that fateful weekend, we decided to explore the idea of a sea
kayak as a vessel for large crossings.
We have been working slowly to build it up. We have done 4
crossings now of around 20 km. This is basically double the distance, but
nothing we haven't done in a single day before.
We will let you know how it turns out. For
the weather geeks out there, we are expecting rain that day with possible winds
out of the north, thus the north to south crossing.
We have put absolutely no pressure on
ourselves. If the wind is to strong or it doesn't feel right, the trip is off.
No questions asked.
If you are interested, here is the proposed
route for Google Earth
We are all pretty excited!