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The Cumberland River Trip

This actually took place on March 9th, but I just didn’t get around to posting it until tonight. The weather forcast looked good that week, so I made plans to have a guy do the shuttle dance with me to enable me and the family to head down for a canoe trip. The shuttle was set, we found a put in located about 15 miles up river from Clarksville, and decided to use the same takeout as I did on the last trip. This would allow me to canoe through Clarksville. When Saturday rolled around, I texted my shuttle buddy but received no response. We start off anyway figuring that he’d respond by the time we got to the site.

Near Clarksville, we saw some interesting houses.

Near Clarksville, we saw some interesting houses.

The put in site was  reached and still no reply from the shuttle. I started to call him, then anyone else in my phone before finding another guy who could help me out on short notice.  I dropped off the family and canoe and headed back down to New Providence Park in Clarksville where I dropped off the car and got a ride back. We started down river, moving pretty easily at 4mph on the GPS. This trip was largely through farm land with only a small part next to some rocks where we saw rock climbers. We saw a bunch of herons along with a few geese. Our outriggers worked really well. Our total run was 16 miles and took almost exactly 4 miles.

Great trip. For our next run we’ll either do a slightly shorter trip below Clarksville, or head to Land Between the Lakes where we can paddle “up river” without too much effort.

Cumberland Canoe Trip

The put in was almost exactly 16 miles up river from New Providence Park, located on Lock B Road which is off of Ashland City Road. There was a very busy boat ramp.

Cumberland River canoe trip

After getting stood up by our shuttle buddy, I began to call every contact in my phone.

My family occupied themselves while I headed down river with the car.

My family occupied themselves while I headed down river with the car.

Cumber land river canoe trip.

We are just minutes away from launching into the Cumberland River. Note the fairly high water level.

Katherine enjoyed playing with child sized paddle for almost the entire trip.

Katherine enjoyed playing with child sized paddle for almost the entire trip.

Cumberland River canoe trip.

Susan paddled for a bit.

We had lots of family fun in the canoe. The outriggers allowed us to wiggle a good bit without any worries.

We had lots of family fun in the canoe. The outriggers allowed us to wiggle a good bit without any worries.

Goose lifts off from the Cumberland river.

We also saw some geese on the river.

With just a few miles to go, Katherine fell asleep for a bit. I paddle continuously to beat the falling light.

With just a few miles to go, Katherine fell asleep for a bit. I paddle continuously to beat the falling light.

Near the take out, Susan snaps the classic canoe shot.

Near the take out, Susan snaps the classic canoe shot.

Grand Marquis with canoe on top

Mighty Merc with the canoe on top.

 

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One Response to “The Cumberland River Trip”

  1. Leo says:

    Hey Ben,

    You suddenly crossed my mind and I remembered your blog, so I had a look. Looks like you are having fun with your boat.

    Wow, Katherin is a big girl now!
    How are you guys doing? Missing China?
    We are doing well, both teaching, me at a secondary school and Sandra at a private language school. Things are good in Holland, hope you guys are well!

    Take care,

    Leo