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Mosquitos, Sunshine & Beer

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Mosquitos, Sunshine & Beer

Cooney Reservoir 

Took a drive yesterday to Cooney Reservoir, a pleasant lake near Red Lodge that offers a Shire-like setting with the Beartooth Mountains as a backdrop. Curiously, one lap around the lake is exactly 10k (6.21 miles), and despite being short on time I managed to do eight laps around the lake for 80k (50 miles) in hot, humid, mosquito filled air. Lots of powerboat wake and rebound plus a few drunken fisherman kept the tedium at bay. Reminded me of cycling in the late 1980's and being heckled by rural drivers. Had some pleasant conversations with others who had never seen a surfski before and was offered beers. 

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Lake Chelan

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Lake Chelan

Exotic lawn chairs at the Campbell's resort. 

Just wrapped up several days of ultra-distance paddling on the lovely Lake Chelan. Typically glass smooth water in the mornings, building to a light breeze in the afternoons. Did enjoy one day of wind in the 20 mph range and a good downwind run. The lake is about 55 miles in length, and goes from a resort town to true alpine wilderness as it snakes it's way north. I would put in at the very southern end of the lake, and then paddle up-lake past the 25 Mile Creek Campground for a handful of very long, hard paddling days in the hot sun. 

Very thankful for a few days to unwind from the stress of moving, and just focus on my family and preparation for Vancouver Island. Next stop Montana for some unique altitude training and a few very special paddling locations.  

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