Shoshone Kayaking Day 4 - "That didn't feel so good."
Jon, a friend of mine met back on Paddle Days 5, 6, & 7 on the Tuckaseegee River and Nantahala River in North Carolina, moved out west around the same time I did. He lives down in Taos now and came up to visit and get in some Shoshone kayaking.
Jon is a significantly more advanced boater than myself, and I was looking forward to showing off my small progression since we last paddled together.
After climbing over the boulders next to the regular put in for some bonus wave play, we then begin our descent.
I manage to get to the riverbank with my kayak and reconfigure myself in the boat, but I am disturbed and hurting. I am not incapacitated. We make it down ok.
On a somewhat happier note, I ran Shoshone the second time this day without getting flipped once. It is the first time I have gone down the whole length of the run without one involuntary flip. However, the only reason I didn't flip was because I was paddling with sheer terror focusing on how desperate I was to stay upright. Because of the neck injury, at every turn and every drop, I was tense and demanding to myself, "I MUST NOT FLIP!" This is the first time I have paddled where fear overwhelmed the pleasure of the experience. It was not a good thing.
I don't want to say this was a bad day for me, but it definitely was an interesting psychological experience.
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