Last sunday I soloed the Mckenzie from my home and back by boat, bike and trailer. It worked out very well and I was able to put in the river in a unique spot.
I've always wanted to float around in the big pond across from the pulp mill in Springfield. It gets its water from the Mckenzie river. I used this place to access the Mckenzie river. It was full of frogs.
I broke down the tailer and put my bike on top. It was all lashed to the boat with two extra life jackets attacted to help it float. I weighed about 50 pound I guess.
There was just enough room in the trailer for the boat and a small ice chest. When I got to Armitage Park I got out, loaded the deflated boat back in the trailer and pedaled home.
I loved the feeling of freedom with bike and boat. No worries about your vehicle getting broke into or pounding down some beer and driving home.
That strech of river was very causal except for one nasty rapid right above Hayden Bridge. I spent some time at Black Rock nudie beach.
I took mask, snorkel and fins and enjoyed drifting down river looking at fish.
1. On my way to the river, 52nd and High Banks rd. Springfield
2. Steath entrance to the river. Just north of the pulp mill. I call it the beaver pond.
3. 75 strokes times three fills the boats three bladders.
4. Ready to load the bike and trailer.
5. I used my crazy creek chair instead of the seat the boat came with. The boat will hold 450 pounds.
6. Frogs were running across the slime to get out of my way.
7. My wake.
8. The beaver pond, an old river channel.
9. Almost to the river.
10. I entered the Mckenzie across from the pulp mill after the slime secret entrance.
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