On one of our days off John decided that he’d check off one thing on his “must do” list, he’d swim across the river without a dry suit. At first you think, ya, this sounds rad, totally doable.
Let’s state for the record that the water temperature is around 46 degrees F. I surfed for the first time in New York this year a day after it snowed and let me tell you, water that cold is really gnarly. Keep in mind that I wore a 6mm wetsuit, with a hood, booties, and gloves, but when the water hits your face it’s like someone threw a slurpee at you. Then, when the water hits your face again, it feels like someone hit you in the forehead with a ball peen hammer, then threw another slurpee at you. Basically what I’m getting at is that it doesn’t just take your breathe away, it physically hurts.
I don’t remember John making any noises on his way across, but I do remember thinking that the current was taking him pretty far down river. Heath was ready with a rescue raft, but if wasn’t needed, John arrived on the opposite shore just fine, but sans boxers. I guess they came right off, not really a deal breaker when you’re swimming for your life.
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Bottom pic, best one of the trip so far.
Damn that last pic. Definitely one of the best photos of the trip. Of course the quality of photos has been stunning all the way. Keep up the good work!