Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Itching to get out on the water...
I went for a short row in the Bolger Elegant Punt this past Sunday. The water being in the low sixties (F) and the air in the mid fifties with 15-20 mph winds, it was too cold and gusty to sail. So, I opted to just give my arms a bit of exercise.
I rowed from the James River/Springfield Lake access close to Highway 65, down past the Springfield Nature Center and around the boathouse area and then back up to the starting point. There are several cool A-frame homes along this stretch, tucked in along the bluff line. I also saw plenty of wildlife - blue herons, yellow finches, red-winged black birds, martins, Canada geese, etc.
Rowing two miles in the pram was fun, but a lot of work. It's a pig on the water and rows about like the turtle it resembles, upside down. The wind switched directions around the time I turned back and I had to row against the wind, both directions. Makes me wish for a simple, yet sleek, rowing design. Maybe another boat for the list of future builds.