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2018-10-22  
Upriver Paddle, AZ
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Upriver Paddle, AZ 
Upriver Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Oct 22 2018
azbackpackr
Kayak5.88 Miles
Kayak5.88 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.52 mph
      47 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Such a perfect day. White puffy clouds, light breeze, temperature in the 80's. I launched from the "secret spot" which allows locals to get into Topock Gorge without paying a fee to one of the marinas. This is within the wildlife refuge. However, I paddled upriver, and out of the refuge, not down into the Gorge. I passed under the Old Trails Bridge, which used to carry Route 66 from 1916 to 1947. Since then it has carried a gas line. I then passed under the modern I-40 bridge and the railway bridge. Lots of rumbling going on overhead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Trails_Bridge

Interestingly, there are two very expensive homes next to the bridges. They have a lovely view down the Topock Gorge, plus waterfront and launch ramps, white sand beaches, big shade structures, etc. However, the rumbling noise never stops. It is never quiet outside at their homes, because I-40 never stops, and the tracks carry an average of 87 trains a day!

I kept paddling upstream, into the current and into the wind. Good workout. I passed the opening into the Topock 66 Marina. Just upstream from here is where the terrible boating accident happened during Labor Day, in which four people were killed. One of them, a young woman, has not been found, and the Sheriff's Dept. hosted a big search in the Gorge, and down in Lake Havasu, this past weekend.

I crossed to the California side, passing a couple more white sand beaches. I passed the entrance to Pirate's Cove Resort, another marina. It used to be called Park Moabi. It belongs to San Bernardino County, but after the concessionaire took it over, they made it less for the public, and more for their idea of who they can get away with excluding. Very expensive. Seems odd they are allowed to get away with this. They now have "Private Property" signs on all the beaches along there.

I didn't have time to paddle 5 miles up, as I had wanted to, because my landlady needed me to work in the afternoon, so I turned around after about 3 miles. I spent a bit of time chatting with a family on the shore. Pirates Cove Resort has a long stretch of white sand beaches, broken by small jetties, with RV spaces on the jetties. Very pretty places to camp.

After chatting a bit with the folks, I turned around and headed back downriver. Much easier!







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