Saturday, July 17, 2010
It is a little after 10 o'clock in the evening and I'm still trying to replace the fluids I lost this afternoon. Andy, a longtime friend, invited me to his Canoe club for a day on the water using a borrowed Hobie cat. I took the Hobie cat For a test run at about 10 o'clock this morning. Just an easy run up the Paerdegat basin to the bridge for the Belt Parkway and back. I made some minor adjustments to the pedals and waited for this first group of paddlers to leave. I found out later that the first group scheduled to leave was going to kayak about twenty miles. As a first timer that was too much for me to do. The second group intended to kayak about 5 miles so I signed up for that group.
All week temperatures have been in the 90° range, so it was very hot. I loaded my boat with drinks, mostly water, and my group headed for the largest island in Jamaica Bay, the Canarsie col. There were single and double kayaks in my group; some beginners like myself and others with more experience. I had two problems the rudder control was on my left side and the ninety plus degree heat. But I was able to keep up with my group. If it had not been for the occasional breeze of cool air the trip would've been very difficult. As we neared the Canarsie pier, on the return leg, I could feel that I was very very tired. the heat was taking all of my energy away. However, the Hobie cat allowed me to keep pace with the leader of the group. The Hobie cat allows the user to pedal rather than paddle.
Paerdegat Basin is a channel that connects to Jamaica Bay on the southern end of Brooklyn, New York. It is located on the west side of the Canarsie area. It connects to Jamaica Bay to the south, and the north end of the basin is adjacent to the intersection of Ralph Avenue and Flatlands Avenue.
This heatwave has all but stopped daytime fishing in the Great Lakes of New York City. So I expect to fish either in Jamaica Bay or in one of the nearby rivers located in New Jersey. I hope to be able to fish either the Passaic river or the Hackensack river at the end of the week.