Preparation in Bemidji

I landed at BJI airport (Bemidji, MN) Sunday the 18th of May (Mt. St. Helens eruption day for those who remember the 1980s).

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Monday was spent ensuring that Tuesday would be a good start.

Food shopping was pretty basic; nothing I really buy for food is going to replace LV restaurants so I bought canned stuff. Easy to cook, at least.

I wanted to ensure that my load would be reasonable on the boat, so I drove a rental car to the storage locker (Lake George storage).

There, I inflated the boat, tried mounting enough of the sailing kit to let me use the wheels, and ensure it all worked.

Thus was the first serious error: I tested the wheels without loading everything and so it seemed good, but in fact, wouldn’t work in production.

Then I brought all the equipment, gear, and junk I was going to take with me back to the hotel so that I could do a final round of packing.

Here’s the contents of the various bags spread out:

Gear on the bed at Bemidji

Gear on the bed at Bemidji

My load was basically three dry-sacks and a back-pack. The back-pack wasn’t water-proof but held things useful while afloat (and would be used to haul groceries back on later stops).

There’s way too much stuff on that bed; sure, each part seems reasonable on its own, but over-all, it’s too much.

What’s not showing is the brown duffel-bag that holds all the sailing kit — all 60 pounds or so of it.

Somehow, I can travel by jet internationally with only hand-carry, but get on a kayak and I want to haul a hardware store around.

That came back to bite me later.

Monday evening, I had a great dinner and crashed with visions of the River in my head.

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