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Old 05-04-2019, 03:26 PM   #11
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I'm planning to tag along.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:25 PM   #12
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Hey! Were coming too.
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:13 PM   #13
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I posted earlier that I was planning to attend but I don't see it, so maybe I imagined doing it. Posting again.
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Old 05-04-2019, 10:31 PM   #14
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Well I just got back from North Carolina. Guess I can make this run after all. So I'll see you all there tomorrow barring any unseemly uncertain or unfortunate circumstances. Looking forward to another great day paddling with everyone.
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What a great trip on a fantastic day.
We had 27 paddlers plus one k9 in 23 boats. 19 kayaks and 4 canoes made the 11 mile journey from Utica to franklin.
Water levels were about 5.5ft at Utica USGS gauge. We averaged 6 mph and had a high of 10 mph at one point.
We made the trip in 2 hours and 15 minutes of paddle time.
Just a great day on a classic spring trip for the club.
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Yes, this was a good trip. Current was really moving! I have to say though that the first time I did this run (May 2015) the gauge was at 3.2 ft. I thought that trip was nicer even if I did find a couple of gravel bars. Had to watch for the channels. That trip took about 4 hours as the current was quite a bit slower.

FWIW... Trip was 11.3 miles. Gradient on this section is about 4.4 ft/mile. I thought it interesting that (high) water on the French Creek was moving mostly 5-5.5 mph. On our trip to Oil Creek the current was about the same although the gradient (at 9.8 ft/mi) was double that of the French. I guess the low water and the cobble stones in Oil Creek slowed the current way down.

Jessica posted some really nice photos of French Creek.

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We averaged 6 mph and had a high of 10 mph at one point.
My guess is that the 10 mph might have happened after the creek makes the 90 degree left turn at the base the big hill about mid-way through the trip. I was lagging behind most of the paddlers who took the right channel before the river turned left. I took the parallel left channel. By the time I was half-way down the left channel, everyone else had made the turn and was passing through some really swift water. I had the perspective of seeing the boats pass right to left. And everyone was flying!

It really was a nice trip. Weather, water, and even bald eagles cooperated. I love it when the back channels are running on French Creek. One had a large stand of Virginia bluebells in bloom on river left. It was great to see so many club members come out. I think Ken and Cheryl won the greatest distance from home award. Many thanks to Mike Danko for leading this beautiful run and staple of the club's trip schedule.
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