Did you ever notice that when something is lost, you can look for it forever, and then it’s always in the last place you look? I guess that makes sense, because once you find it, why keep looking? 🙂 Maybe I should say that once you give up, and find another solution, then you find what you were looking for in the most unlikely (or obvious) place.
When we were at Smith’s Campground & Cabins in Loudonville, Ohio back in October, we paddled the Mohican River in our Sea Eagle kayaks, and had a wonderful time, except for the fact that I had my seat set up wrong, which made my back ache terribly. A while back, I bought some nylon extension straps for the seat, to be able to pull the back further forward to help it give me more back support.
Monday we rearranged our storage bays, hauled some stuff to the dumpster, and made a lot more room. In the process, we uncovered some of our kayak accessories, and decided to get the seat in my Sea Eagle PaddleSki 435 set up properly. But we ran out of daylight, so yesterday we inflated the kayak and started looking for the extension straps, only to find that they had gone missing. Terry and I tore the bays apart again, looked inside the motorhome, in the Explorer, and everywhere we could think of, and the darned things were just gone. How can you lose something when you live in less than 400 square feet? Don’t ask me, but I manage to do it all the time.
Our neighbor, Rich Coppens, came out to check out the kayak and offered to help, but unless he had a couple of nylon web straps in his back pocket, I didn’t see how he could. As it turned out, Rich didn’t have any straps, but he did have some nylon rope, which we fashioned into makeshift extensions, to see if the planned seat arrangement would work, which it did. So at least we knew we were on the right track, if we could just find the darned straps.
I remembered that we had some other short pieces of nylon webbing from back in my motorcycle days, and Terry found them. As it turns out, they worked perfectly. By running them through D rings already mounted on the boat, forward of the seat location, then hooking them to the existing seat straps, it pulls the seat back forward and holds it securely enough that even a guy my size can get good back support.
I sat in the seat and leaned back as far as I possibly could, trying to force the back to collapse and let me down, but it wouldn’t do it. Now I can get back out on the water in comfort. Cool!
We deflated the kayak and rolled it up into it’s cover, and then Terry decided to repack her Sea Eagle 385 Fast Track. We unrolled it, and there were the darned nylon straps we had been looking for everywhere! All the while we were searching for them, Terry kept saying that she knew we had put them someplace where we could find them easily. Okay, so it wasn’t all that easy, but all’s well that ends well, right?
While we had the Sea Eagle inflated, several people stopped by to check it out and ask questions, and one couple asked if we would tell them when we go paddling, because they’d like to see it on the water. Hopefully our friends Tim and Crystal Ryerson from Inflatable Boats 4 Less will get a customer or two by the time we leave here. The Sea Eagles are the perfect boats for RVers – they are light and easy to carry, but are incredibly strong and well built, and they roll up and fit into a small space, easily. That’s Terry’s boat, rolled up in its cover, sitting in front of the picnic table in the top photo. We carry both of our boats in the back of our Ford Explorer, and Terry can carry hers, either inflated or rolled up in its cover, with no problem.
After we had the boats put away, I got into a conversation with our neighbor on the other side, Harvey Clayton. Harvey and his wife Bonnie, who are originally from the Cincinnati, Ohio area, have been fulltiming a little over a year now and love it. We chatted about the lifestyle for a while, and they may show up at one of our rallies one of these days. They are nice people, and we look forward to getting to know them better.
Thought For The Day – Some people are a parasite for sore eyes.