Last weekend, Tim Gallaway, a PaddlingLight contributor, left on a 850 to 900 mile long trip from Sault Ste. Marie to Quebec City via kayak. I asked him to share a little information about his trip to PaddlingLight’s readers. The goods are below, but first this is how you can follow Tim’s journey:
Kayaking to the Sea
I’ve had to repeat this bit so many times it has more or less become a script. It’s quite interesting really. I’ve come to recognize what questions are about to be asked and if the person asking me the questions thinks I am crazy or not (for the record, I am not crazy). So here is the conversation:
Them: What are you doing for your trip?
Me: I’m going to kayak from Sault Ste. Marie to Quebec City.
Them: Wow! How long will it take you? That’s a long way.
Me: It’s about 850-900 miles and I figure it will take me 6-7 weeks.
Them: Can you carry enough food for that whole time with you?
Me: Nope. But there are a lot of towns between here and there. I’ll re-supply when I can.
Them: So are you going through Detroit?
Me: No, I’m going the north route along the old Voyageur Route up the French River and down the Ottawa River.
Them: That sounds like a really cool trip. Are you keeping a blog or something?
Me: Yes but I don’t have the means to update it on the water. I can tweet though to @KayakToTheSea so people can follow my progress.
(This is the part where some people think I am crazy)
Them: Are you worried about bears?
And that is the cookie cutter conversation that typically occurs when I have to describe my trip in a nut shell. And that really describes it pretty well. You can check out my site for a few more details but there just isn’t that much more to say. I’m doing this trip because I really want to. It’s been the light at the end of the tunnel for me for the last few years. It’s gotten to the point where it consumed my every waking thought as other expedition kayakers can relate.
It’s not for a cause or anything other than to try to inspire people to live out their dream adventures. I don’t have any official sponsors. I’ve gotten some help from some great companies like Smartwool and Reed Chillcheater with a few clothing and gear things but other than that it is not a sponsored trip. I want to prove that you don’t need to be a big time sponsored paddler to do this type of thing. You just have to have a drive to take the time and do it.
Tim Gallaway is an ACA L4 sea-kayak instructor, guide and Greenland-style paddling buff based out of the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. When not teaching the subtle arts of sea kayaking you can expect to find Tim on long solo expeditions, in the surf and rock gardens, building Greenland style skin-on-frame kayaks or running local whitewater in “his other boat.” In the frozen water season, Tim is a mechanical engineering student. Read his other contributions: Head North to Old Woman: A Lake Superior Kayaking Adventure, THE SKELETON COAST: Paddling Lake Superior’s Desolate Southeast Coast and Ninja Paddling – The Path of the Ninja Paddler. Check out his website Kayaking to the Sea.