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2014 Official MR340 Dispatches (Read 44668 times)
Reply #20 - 07/01/14 at 08:20:48

Doc Savage   Offline
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Scott,

For my own reference, do you know what the river was running at last year?  Thanks....Doc
 
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Reply #21 - 07/01/14 at 08:35:34

Scott Mansker   Offline
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Last year was about 37,000cfs.  Below normal water.  Around 9ft on the KC gauge.
 
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Reply #22 - 07/01/14 at 10:28:28

Ryan J. McCoy   Offline
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Anything to expect when we get to St. Charles this year?  I know there are some friendly folks helpin' with the boats and a shower and a bed at a hotel that I will be very happy to see. 

Thanks for all the reminders and information again.  There have been a lot of, "oh yeah, I forgot about that!"
 
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Reply #23 - 07/01/14 at 10:50:56

Scott Mansker   Offline
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There will be chiropractor students from Logan University offering free rubdowns, icing, stretching, etc.  Lewis and Clark folks will be selling food and beer.  Paddlers will be comparing blisters and hallucinations. 

Just another MR340 finish line.  Cheesy
 
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Reply #24 - 07/01/14 at 10:55:32

Scott Mansker   Offline
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Latest update.  Which takes us right up to the 7am solo start.

Forecast Data:
|Date(CDT)|      |Stage|      |--Flow-|
07/01 13:00      20.00ft      105kcfs
07/01 19:00      19.70ft      102kcfs
07/02 01:00      19.50ft      101kcfs
07/02 07:00      19.30ft      99kcfs
07/02 13:00      19.20ft      98.2kcfs
07/02 19:00      19.10ft      97.4kcfs
07/03 01:00      19.30ft      99kcfs
07/03 07:00      19.60ft      101kcfs
07/03 13:00      20.00ft      105kcfs
07/03 19:00      20.50ft      109kcfs
07/04 01:00      20.80ft      112kcfs
07/04 07:00      21.00ft      114kcfs
07/04 13:00      20.80ft      112kcfs
07/04 19:00      20.40ft      108kcfs
07/05 01:00      19.80ft      103kcfs
07/05 07:00      19.00ft      96.6kcfs
07/05 13:00      18.30ft      90.9kcfs
07/05 19:00      17.70ft      86.2kcfs
07/06 01:00      17.20ft      82.4kcfs
07/06 07:00      16.70ft      78.7kcfs
07/06 13:00      16.30ft      75.9kcfs
07/06 19:00      16.00ft      73.7kcfs
07/07 01:00      15.60ft      71kcfs
07/07 07:00      15.30ft      68.9kcfs
07/07 13:00      15.00ft      66.9kcfs
07/07 19:00      14.70ft      65kcfs
07/08 01:00      14.50ft      63.7kcfs
07/08 07:00      14.20ft      61.7kcfs


As currently predicted, lower than 2010 (90,000)  and 2011, (70,000) but much higher than last year's 37,000.

Can't complain too much about that.  Really hoping this forecast sticks.
 
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Reply #25 - 07/01/14 at 12:16:53

Scott Mansker   Offline
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About a dozen folks accidentally unsubscribed from the dispatches on the last one.  My fault for putting a link to click very close to the unsubscribe link.  On a touch screen it was nearly impossible. 

If you'd like to resubscribe...

http://eepurl.com/X5PQP

Scott
 
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Reply #26 - 07/01/14 at 13:13:43

fltmedic5   Offline
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Thanks Scott. I was one of 'em but I didn't want to bother you guys to resubscribe when we're so close to race day.
 

Joe Coons
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Reply #27 - 07/28/14 at 17:30:40

Scott Mansker   Offline
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Got back Friday night from a 500 mile round trip down the river and back with a group of 6 boy scouts and their leaders.

Wow, the river really looks great.  Sandbars are up.  Drift is gone.  Checkpoint ramps are getting scraped off by the local municipalities.  And the towns are excited. 

I was at the old drugstore in Glasgow letting the boys get chocolate malts and I overheard one of the ladies at the soda fountain say, "You boys should come back in a couple weeks.  The MR340 is coming through and we are a checkpoint!"  She was genuinely excited.

It's a good time to refresh your memory on things.  Re read some dispatches and let me know if you have any questions.

Scott

 
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Reply #28 - 07/28/14 at 20:31:48

fltmedic5   Offline
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I've got a question. We did a 25 mile run Sunday from atchison to Leavenworth and we saw a lot of small snags 4" or so. They were too quiet to hear. Did you notice anything like that on your run? I don't remember snags like that in my previous 340. I ask because i like to use my ears and moonlight at night but may need some extra light to keep one of those from wrecking the front of the boat.
 

Joe Coons
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Reply #29 - 07/28/14 at 21:05:19

West Hansen   Offline
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Solos starting an hour before others?
 

Cognitive Dissonance: when being wrong just isn't an option.
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Reply #30 - 07/28/14 at 21:07:07

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The Festival of the Little Hills kicks off at 4pm on Friday August 15th on the St. Charles riverfront.  It's pretty crazy down by the ramp with all the preparations ,etc.  How will teams be able to get down there to pick up their paddlers and boats if they come in later on Friday?  Access may be restricted.
 
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Reply #31 - 07/28/14 at 21:42:55

Scott Mansker   Offline
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Saw no such snags.  Just open water with some sneaky wing dams still just below the water but audible and visible.

West, there will be just one start.  8am.  Unless we somehow end up with 300+ boats, which is very unlikely.  Count on a mass start at 8am.

Regarding Festival of Little Hills, yes... Friday afternoon will be crazy at the boathouse parking lot.  Our friends at Ameristar are giving free parking to MR340 participants on the lower level of their lot on Friday.  This is a relatively short walk for the awards ceremony.  As for loading boats, we strongly recommend you get all the boats loaded prior to noon Friday.  For boats arriving in the afternoon and evening, we will allow access to the driveway of the boathouse for loading of boats.  Boats can also be loaded Saturday morning early. 

For the awards, it's very important that you use the Ameristar parking lot.  Instructions for accessing this free parking will be given at the safety meeting.  Ameristar is saving our bacon with this parking.  There will be people parking literally MILES away to walk to Little Hills.  We will have a rock star parking just a few minutes away.  If you're staying at the Ameristar, this is even more convenient.
 
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Reply #32 - 07/28/14 at 21:59:14

DJ Schilly   Offline
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Just an fyi....there is another boat ramp probably about a mile down river from the boathouse, just before that next bridge.  It is called Blanchette Landing and it's a nice ramp, actually where we take out any time we do a training run to St. Charles.  It may be a good option for loading boats if the boathouse gets crazy.  Of course, this would require you to get back in your boat one more time after 340 miles.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to make myself do that.
 
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Reply #33 - 07/28/14 at 22:11:41

Scott Mansker   Offline
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Yeah, that would be a tough mile.  I think we can make it work.  If you're waiting for your paddler Friday afternoon, park at Ameristar and walk over to wait.  Once they arrive, get them settled in some shade, get some pizza and beer from the boathouse crew and celebrate their accomplishment.  When it's time to load the boat, we'll make it work.  It certainly won't seem like a big deal after 340 miles.  After that, everything is put in perspective.
 
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Reply #34 - 08/02/14 at 21:35:04

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I'm serving as ground crew next week, and wondered what kind of terrain I may have to consider when dealing with access points (to include those that are not checkpoints).  Wondering if I should plan on small truck or compact car?  Any ideas?  Thanks.
 
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Reply #35 - 08/10/14 at 10:04:01

Aquarock   Offline
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I just caught a fat-finger error on the sheet for the gps coordinates at Glasglow....they should be 39.218611,-92.847582.  Really sorry for the typo!   Sad
 
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Reply #36 - 08/10/14 at 15:21:04

Melanie   Offline
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Pretty sure you can drive to any of the access points in a compact car --in reference to the terrain question.
 
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Reply #37 - 08/12/14 at 09:38:03

Albatross   Offline
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How are we getting race updates this year?  I don't see a thread for it yet.

Thanks,
Alan
 

Keep Calm And Paddle Hard
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