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DAY 4- Journal Entry: Tuesday, August 10, 2004

by Jennifer Brown, K4C Kayaker

We left the Narrows Lock at 8:50 a.m. on schedule but a little apprehensive about the weather. Thunderstorms were forecasted, but luckily the wind was at our backs and we made great time, passing the Canadian Club resort by 9:30 a.m. (one hour faster than last year :). After a quick washroom break, we continued on for 20 minutes before having to pull over at a small cove (complete with an inukshuk) due to thunder and lightening, the first signs of a coming storm.

After some discussion, and another washroom break (during which a short biology lesson was required), the group decided to head back out knowing that the lunch destination was only a kilometer away. Kayleigh was also looking forward to putting some ointment on her mountain climbing (or falling) injuries.

Lunch was made up of delicious cold cuts and salads, and Murphy's Point provided the perfect location, despite a little more rain. Unfortunately, our resident waterboy Jason took a tumble off the dock, twisting his ankle (lawsuit in progress :), and had to be consoled by matante Micheline with many brownies.

The rest of the trip across the Big Rideau was made up of strong tail winds (Dan, thanks for the umbrella), country tunes on Chad's radio, and a quick stop at Mr.Rile's to collect a generous donation of money collected at a golf night. The day ended at Rideau Ferry Harbour at around 2:45 p.m. The group is looking forward to pizza being delivered by Pik-A-Pizza in Smith Falls.

Note: Come out and join us for a BBQ in Merrickville tomorrow afternoon from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. If you'd like to send a note of encouragement to the kayakers, email info@kayakingforcancer.com and we'll pass it onto the team. Thanks!

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