R2AK notes

I hope that Karl Kruger, the only paddle-boarder to finish the race, has an agent waiting in Ketchikan. There are endorsements, exclusive interviews, personal appearance fees, etc. Paddle-boarding is a very fast-growing pastime with millenials with leisure resources at hand. Then, there is a clip from a video very shortly after he greeted his family […]

An SUP in R2AK

A competent Stand Up Paddle Boarder is, after 2 weeks of wind and tides and sleeping on the beach, is about to cross the end-line in Ketchikan. He could do it this evening, but he might knock it off until morning before going in. He’s been very disciplined in sticking with his plan for a […]

3 Hours

My cardio doctor wanted an ultrasound of my leg arteries, figured it would take about an hour. I went into his office for one on my head and neck a couple of weeks ago. This time I asked if I could get the same thing done on the peninsula, and he filled out a referral […]

Pot in the West

Washington did manage to pass a few minor laws concerning the cannabis industry, but that’s been it. It’s system is working well, though.

Oregon’s participation in this experiment was opening up the industry to nearly all comers, and watching out for rules that slow down business development. That seems to have worked quite nicely, as […]

Traffic jam in Chimacum

Highway 20 is undergoing urgent repair of a culvert and is closed between Port Townsend and 101. While everyone was warned about the closure, the signed detour route goes through downtown Chimacum. So all PT traffic goes through Chimacum.

But no one warned that Chimacum is a four-way stop, and it’s impossible to move that […]

First boat across

A team of three brothers from Marblehead, Mass was first across the line in Ketchikan at around 1500 today. Minutes behind was the big boat from Anacortes, Wash. They had been racing head-to-head for the last 24 hours at least. The winner gets $10,000. Second place gets a set of steak knives.

Obviously, those in […]

Back in Chimacum

Dang. I hate leaving every place, but leaving Pt Hudson was painful.

The Race to Alaska is going extremely well. There are actually close races happening within the main race. There are some broken boats, some broken spirits, but no broken bodies. First boat across might be tonight or tomorrow.

I had a few days […]

R2AK is slow going

Since the start on Sunday from Victoria, the winds have been from 0-10 knots, mostly 0. Hence, advantage goes to human-powered vessels. But there has been a little bit more breeze lately and the trimaran sail boats have started to move a bit. Behind the paddle boards and row boats are the monohull sailboats.

Should […]

Hanging in PT

All the racers made it to Victoria, but a handful of boats were broken. The real start of the race is Sunday at noon.

Besides being stormy yesterday, the marina was empty and this place was lonely as hell. But that was yesterday. Today a motor-yacht club has filled up the slips. They seem to […]

R2AK Start

First, a follow-up. I had a red tag on my truck for having a second vehicle in my space, and I owed $5. Team Sistership moved it this morning, but now were on their way to Ketchikan. I know the lady who runs the marina and all was cool. Team Sistership better do well…

I […]