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Hot and Long 2016 Missouri River 340 – Race Report

July 24, 2016 – 2:47 pm |

11th Missouri River 340 is over. I was paddling self supported in Kruger’s Sea Wind canoe, boat #0013. It was a pretty tough race for me, mostly because of heat. There was also lower water than last year, some usual headwinds, and one thunderstorm.

I tried to apply my turtle strategy – long paddling runs without stopping, but it really work only during the first day. Here is a summary of my paddling with some memory gaps possible:
7:00am Tue – start at Kaw Point
7:19pm Tue – Thunderstorm with lightning and strong winds just a few mile above Hill Island. I stopped for half hours.
3:00am Wed – Dalton Bottom. 1.5 hour nap. ~4:30 back on water.
3:20pm Wed – Taylor Landing, 20 minute nap.
4:10pm Wed – Katfish Katy’s. Cold water.
9:07pm Wed – Marion. Just turning nav lights on and finding a can of coffee.
00:20am Thu – A few miles above confluence with Osage River. I was falling asleep, so I stopped for a night. A long sleep, almost 5 hours. Beautiful moon, boats were silently passing by.
11:00am Thu – Hermann. Cold water.
01:15pm Thu – New Heaven. 15 minute nap.
6:25pm Thu – Klondike. Cold water.
21:48pm Thu – St Charles. Finish.

I don’t care about my finishing place, but I wanted to finish below 60 hours. My time, 62:48, was almost 10 hours longer than last year (53:16). Division place: 31 of 106 boats in Men’s solo, overall place: 69 of 239 boats.

After 2016 MR340 race

I experienced two technical issues which were slowing me down this year.

1. I had unusual troubles with my phone signal in the middle section of the race from Miami to Noren. I even had to climb a hill to send overdue text messages for Miami and Glasgow checkpoints. I am paddling with a spot device, so my position is known every 15 minutes or so anyway …

2. I upgraded to a new GPS – Garmin Oregon 650t with a touchscreen and loaded with numerous options. A nice device for a short activity. Battery life appeared to be only about 10 hours! And, changing battery is not exactly easy (you need to use a tool to push them out). I am returning back to my trusty Garmin Etrex Vista for any long trip. Of course, I don’t really need GPS for MR340, but I like to monitor my speed and progress, and record my track. It’s mostly a motivational tool.

I didn’t do any serious changes or experiments for this year except food. These day, I am running gluten free with more fats and less sugars. It’s consistent with my general lifestyle and diet. I will write about it in a future post.

Chain of Rocks Bridge

Old and new Chain of Rocks Bridge as seen from Missouri shore

Unfortunately, I didn’t shoot any pictures during the race, but after the race it’s my photography time. As a part of recovery I visited the confluence of Missouri and Mississippi River at Columbia Bottom and Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. On the way to Colorado I am planning to look at Katy trail and some locations in Kansas (Castle and Monument Rocks). This year I brought a bike with me.

Related posts:
2016 Missouri River 340 Paddling Race from Kansas City to St Charles and my 10 years with the race.

2016 Missouri River 340 Paddling Race from Kansas City to St Charles

July 17, 2016 – 5:19 pm |

11th Annual Missouri River 340 race starts next week at Kaw Point. The official name of the race these days is Missouri American Water MR340. I am paddling my Sea Wind canoe again. Boat number: 0013.
Here are links to
– my own spot tracking map, and
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