I’m making plans for the http://www.texas200.com/ event. I just spent 5 weeks working in Colorado and have finally acclimated to the 8300′ altitude but now have to re acclimate to sea level, sun, heat and high humidity in only two weeks. Usually by this time I have a great protective tan and have been highly tuned in to the hot, sunny humid days of south padre but I’m at a disadvantage right now, so it’s training time!
The Texas 200 is not a race, just a bunch of small sailboats going up the bay for 200 miles. This year it starts here on South Padre Island instead of Port Mansfield and now ends at Sea Drift, the same finishing point as the 260 mile down river race, the Texas Water Safari (which I also have plans to do).
I’ve already paddled the entire coast of Texas last year at this time (466 miles), and just sailed most of this same section with John earlier this season besides doing the RuffRider a bunch of years back so I’m getting pretty good at knowing this stretch of the Texas Coast.
I wanted to paddle the section up to Corpus Christi on the outside but the wind is really making the surf a mess so I might have to pass on that idea. I’ll be the first one to attempt to paddle the Texas 200 as this has been only a sailing event in the past, not that it’s only a sailing event, it’s just that no one has wanted to paddle that far before. This is my favorite part of the coast, I’ve done it before, so I think I can do it again, and keep up with the sailboats, even though it will be some long days for me in order to keep up. Early to bed and early to rise, and no party time for me like I’m sure some of the other sailors will have time for.
At the finish will be the Boat Builder’s Bash http://mysite.verizon.net/ngc704/TKBB_Messabout/ , which I’m really hoping to get to on time.
During my training and my adventures I’ll of course have my gps locator Spot Tracker on so you can follow my progress and I’ll try to give blog updates via my phone if within cell tower coverage. Stay tuned for this REAL “Reality TV” !