Hello from the kayak cockpit! :-) Yes! Back on the water again! All week the temperatures have been steadily climbing as this latest round of arctic weather retreats back North. Saturday was mostly cloudy, temperatures in the mid 50's, and SSW winds at 3mph - another great day for paddling! My put in was at the West Point on the Eno, City of Durham park and take out was at Penny's Bend, a distance of 4.54 miles. It took me about 2 hours to complete this paddling trip.
My wife Rachel dropped me off at West Point on the Eno and took a few pictures of me at the put in area. In the shaded and still areas of the Eno River, some ice lingered.
My put in area was just down from West Point Mill. This mill functioned longer (1778-1942) then any other mill on the river. At one time there was a community of about 300 families centered here with a general store, cotton gin, saw mill, and still! ;-)
Spied this egret as I started my paddle run. He allowed me to get quite close and then flew off down the river. Lots of tree debris clogged the Eno River
Here I approach a pedestrian bridge that is part of an extensive trail system within the Eno Park.
I really hate to see this pollution. That's about $1,000 dollars worth of shopping carts that have been dumped unceremoniously into the river to rust.
Between West Point on the Eno and Penny's Bend, there are a dozen or so Class I riffles. These usually are fun to navigate through, but water levels were low and I got "stuck" a few times among the rocks. However, in about the 10th Class I riffle I crossed, my kayak went sideways and I got wedged between two large rocks. The kayak lunged dangerously and at one point I thought I was going "duck." Fortunately, I managed to swing the stern around, so I scooted "backwards" through the riffle!
Lots of erosion along the river banks.
The Eno River narrowed several times during my paddling trip and sometimes it was no wider then 10 feet from each bank.
The forecast was for "partly sunny," but it was more like "partly cloudy." ;-)
I came across this abandoned structure. I have no idea what purpose it may have served at one time.
This was a stairway that led up to a small industrial park situated on the banks of the Eno River.
More Class I riffles.
Here I approach the Old Oxford Highway bridge at Penny's Bend.
Take out at Penny's Bend. You have to traverse a pretty severe Class I riffle right before you enter the calm waters of Penny's Bend. You can see the riffle in the background of this photo.
Another fun kayak adventure comes to an end!