Nancy with her car, her kayak and Carl's kayak
There comes a point on every big trip that you just want to get going. You are done with all the preparations, emotionally ready to go and it just boils down to a matter of time before you start paddling. Kinda like studying for a test. That period of time is a killer, filled with questions like: Am I forgetting anything? What are the conditions going to be like? Am I really ready?
The only salve for this burning is paddling – loading the boats and putting that first paddle blade in the water.
To the right you can see Nancy is smiling and looking ready to go.
Well, Nancy is almost ready to drive away. She is doing last minute pick up of items such as a new hydration pack and stopping by a friends to pick up her ipod now loaded with audiobooks. The big items such as reservations, food, maps & charts, gear and packing drybags have been completed.
Now you probably have noted I said almost. Below is a photo that better describes Nancy around 5pm on monday (today).
Nancy Packing her car.
You can see Nancy is packing her car. Not a problem right? Well two sea kayaks along with gear and food for 28 days takes up an impressive amount of space. Put together, it also weighs quite a bit. Fortunately the kayaks go on the roof but that still means there is the issue of packing all that gear and food inside the car.
A concern when packing a kayak is trim. This term refers to how the weight is distributed around the kayak.
I showed up to say goodbye and wish her a good trip. She turned around and said ‘Will you ride with me? I want to take the car out for a test drive now that it is loaded. ‘ Apparently there were some sounds like a tire rubbing earlier. Driving around, nothing – high speed, low speed, turns, bumps all made no sound. Nancy looked more relaxed until we started going uphill and we both heard the sound coming from the left rear. Nancy suddenly didn’t look relaxed.
She didn’t pay attention to my saying ‘Don’t worry about it. We are 600′ above sea level and it is all downhill to the ferry terminal from here.’
Further investigation found all the heavy items were packed in her trunk and more on the left side than the right. Moving stuff around made the car level and caused the sound to go away as well.
The photo is from the repacking. This time Nancy is taking trim into account when packing her car.
Of course there will be concern again in Newfoundland with trim. But then, the wait will be over.