The scoop from CJ

CJ Hall posted this at about midnight.  LOTS of good dirt.  This morning, he and Zoltan were seen talking about Zoltan’s duct tape job.  Apparently the rough river wore right through the tape and he just couldn’t make it last long enough.  From http://paddle24seven.com/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=82&func=view&catid=5&id=2842

Well I got to a computer.
All the people are keeping up with actual times and stuff and I am not.
So here is the C.J. Scoop.
I spent the night at the Ottine Portage Saturday. A very interesting place to be.
The first boat came through. (The Belize Dudes) at around 5:30pm.
They looked bad. Tired, muddy and in a bad mood. It seemed like it took them forever to get through it.
Next was the Houston Kids. (That’s what I call them). They looked like they just got in the water an hour earlier.
Other than Fred They were the smoothest boat I saw all night.
Fred came through with a 21 minute lead on West. West broke his boat but did one of the best Gorilla Tape jobs I have seen in a while.
The field was wide spread by then so there was some space between boats.
Bugge did great through there. I enjoyed Erin with her commentary between her and her boat.
Rebecca came through about 2 hours after Ginse who was with the lead C1. The second C1 was right behind them with holes in his boat.
He looked good but the boat didn’t.
Zoltan came in and slept there for about 3 hours along with a 2 man boat that did the same. They left before daylight and looked much better.
I am not sure what happened to them afterward but if they played there cards right they passed allot of sleeping boats at Palmetto.
The guys in the big wide Blue boat came up and said they were quitting. One of them said he broke his arm.
I consulted Jerry Cochran and he brought them to get there team Captain to get there boat.
I will give them the Crazy award this year. When Jerry and I grabbed there boat to get it up the hill it didn’t move.
Let me reiterate that for clarity.
When Jerry Cochran grabs a boat and it doesn’t move that translates as HEAVY.
How they got it that far with a broke foot. (Oh Yea) They started with a broke foot and he hurt his arm at Cummings with a lead lined boat is mind boggling.
The last boat was an aluminum came through at 6:15 am.
Carlton and I came on to Seadrift and rested for a while.
I helped Babs with the Web Cam and some set up things on Sunday and that was about it.
Today the Belize Dudes won. (Bummer) The Houston kids were about 30 minutes behind.
If there would have been 1 more long portage the Kids would have creamed them. If that team stays together the Belize dudes are TOAST.
I cant wait to see that.
Then Fred was a bit behind. 3rd Overall and First Solo. All anyone can say about that is WOW.
Yonely came in and a few more.
The highlight of the evening so far was Team Bad Dog (Tandem). 10pm or so.
They got out and carried there boat the last 3/4 mile across the finish line.
Perfectly legal and considering the wind total Genious.
No one at the Pavilion was expecting that.
Once again, I am not up on who is where or who is out.
All I can say is I am enjoying helping all the volunteers with everyone’s endeavors,
C.J.

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