Apparently, my website is not interested in being edited, and with plenty of other things on my plate this week technical troubleshooting is not high on the list.
In addition to Kokatat and Delorme, Bell Canoe Works, Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak, and Cooke Custom Sewing have also joined the America's Rivers Expedition as Sponsors.
Bell Canoe Works has graciously offered me the use of a Bell Magic 16' solo canoe. This thirty-three pound Kelvar canoe proved it's worth in April and May during Leg One of the expedition. The Magic is a fantastically fast and comfortable canoe, seaworthy in heavy seas, and so well made that it has stood up to quite a bit of punishment and still looks as sexy as when I met it in Portland, OR. The folks at Bell went to great lengths to get this canoe across the country for me, right to my launch point in fact. I owe much of my success to the quality of equipment I've been able to use.
Dan Cooke of Cooke Custom Sewing is known to many in the expedition world. His high quality, hand-made hard and soft goods have withstood countless expeditions, and I was lucky enough to get a CCS spray deck custom made for my canoe. So far, it has kept me warm and dry in some particularly dicey (and wet) situations.
I showed up in Portland, OR in April with a few loose ends. The folks at Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak in Jantzen Beach (North Portland, OR) helped me pull it all together. A last minute discount on a paddle, letting me use their workshop and tools to outfit, store gear there, among many other kindnesses set me up for sucess in a very busy few days. I launched from right behind their store as well. If you are looking for the best paddlesports store and outfitter in the Northwest, check them out at: