DAY 6 - Journal Entry:
Pierre-Paul Nault, K4C Kayaker
Our stay in Merrickville is
a real "special" treat for all the kayakers
and also for our ground crew. Aside from the BBQ
in the park and a rowdy outing at the local pub
the night before, we start day six with a hearty
breakfast at Sam Jake's Inn. For the ground crew,
especially Papa Ron and Danny, it means no coffee
or breakfast to prepare this morning. As for the
kayakers, it means a bit more time spent in the
By 9:00 a.m. the kayakers
are set to launch their kayaks. One by one they
get into the kayak and get as comfortable as they
can in the cold, wet seat. Amongst them is George,
one of the newcomers this year. As he carefully
steps into his kayak, still half awake, he is
assisted by no other than Kevin, our leader. Suddenly,
a missed step, out of balance and before he could
say "ERIN" (his fiance), Georgie was
in the drink, desperately hanging onto his hat.
It took several kayakers to pull him out of the
weeds. George had finally wakened up. We are not
sure how this all happened, but the hearsay is
that our leader may have accidentally let go of
the boat as George stepped in.
George came out of this mishap
very well indeed. His headache was gone and he
cheered the kayakers on all day. But, no newcomers
were safe as Alain found out. Travis, Chad and
Scott were in hot pursuit of his kayak. Alain
finally met his fate as the young guns dumped
his kayak but in doing so, he managed to get both
Scott and Chad in the Rideau. Once the event was
over and done the kayakers continued on.
Again this year, Mrs.Rosemary
Bennett welcomed the kayakers to her farm for
lunch. She greeted us with a hot chicken noodle
soup which sure hit the spot on this cool day.
As usual, the ground crew had a good meal prepared
for us and we all ate our fill and set out for
Pirate Cove Marina, our destination for the day.
Our thanks and appreciation goes out to Mrs.Bennett
and her family for this warm welcome and a special
thanks goes out to her young lad "Zack/Andrew"
and her daughter "Melissa" for helping
out with the landing and launching of the kayaks.
We finally reached Pirate
Cove Marina by 5:45 p.m. Our tents had already
been set up by our ground crew and a hot meal
was ready for the kayakers. This evening, we were
treated to Mama Lou's famous chili and delicious
carrot cake. The kayakers took advantage of the
marina's facilities and went for a dip in the
82 degree pool and/or a hot shower before settling
down for the evening.