Some stations will start broadcasting live at 5 AM so I am getting there early at 4:45 AM. You can actually come anytime after 4:45 AM but the main meeting time is still 5:45 AM.
Weather, river level and media attendance are all looking GORGEOUS for Thursday morning. The event is on!!!
What is going on? We will push off from the Covington, Ky, shoreline at the old Mike Fink Parking Lot at 5:30 AM sharp and leisurely cruise the downtown riverfront area and watch the sun come up at 6:05. This is also an opportunity for local media to broadcast live for an opening story for Paddlefest. Therefore, we may be doing circles in the river for a while. We will probably then paddle up near the Dayton, Ky area depending on the wants of the group. You can return to the put-in point at any time if you need to leave early.
How and when to get there. I recommend to get there at 5:15 AM to unload and set up at the old Mike Fink Restaurant Parking lot in Covington, Ky, located immediately to the East of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Get on Greenup street in Covington and go north staying in the extreme right lane and follow it down to the river bank then go down a steep paved driveway to the right. Go to the far end of the parking lot. BE CAREFUL OF THE BOAT MOORING CABLES which are sometimes suspended off the ground at the far East end. We will depart and arrive at the same location so no vehicle shuttling is needed. My number is[masked] if you need to call me.
Safety Concerns. You will need at least one white light for either your boat or worn on your person, such as a camping headlight. There will be a mandatory safety briefing as a group as we put in at the shoreline. If you are not there for the safety briefing, you are not considered a part of the group. If you separate from the group while on the river, you assume all responsibility for watching out for other powered boat traffic. Especially at the mouth of the Licking River where barge traffic operates at all times of day.
Last year's media coverage
Tomorrow morning, 20 June, please bring your kayak down to the old Mike Fink parking lot just East of the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington, Ky, at 5:45 AM to paddle in Paddlefest 2013. There will be heavy local media coverage with several channels broadcasting live for their morning shows. We'll be paddling in circles until the media get their footage. Below is last year's event.
Ohio River level gage at the Suspension Bridge http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=ccno1&wfo=iln
And the legal waiver: http://www.meetup.com/Tri-State-Kayakers/pages/Legal_Waiver/