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COLD SPRINGS RIVER in MA - Potluck BBQ on site by the river with fellow pierats

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Hi Everyone,

Weather loos real good for this event---> get your things ready.

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Once we all get up there and forcefully remove the signs and the sign posts that you see below by the bubbling riverside water inlet and our special BBQ area -->>
We then can go on a paddle event and not worry about anything all day long !

WEATHER for this location:
Close up view:
http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php
Prediction:
http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KCEF&state=MA
National View:
http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php
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The major part of the River is a low current FLAT water river, the only fast part is the upstream spot where we have to turn around and we may have to cross a tree or 2 along the way.
This upstream "Cant go no more spot" is our first stop destination for the first snack.
Then its head downstream into a diversion where there is a hidden cove where the under fed Crocks, and only a few cannibalistic savages live on an isolated island.
From there is a pass by of the "PIERAT VILLAGE", THEN it is HEAD BACK FOR THE BBQ.

The group pot luck after party will be "On Site" river side near the boat ramp with fellow Pierats sharing some CROCK.
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Bring your pot luck food, a chair and some comfortable clothes for the after paddle time.
The River Exploration starts (NORTH) "Upstream" from the boat ramp till we can't go any more.
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GETTING THERE:
--------> Use your GPS: 525 Cold Spring RD .. Belchertown, MA 01007
General directions from Hartford area:
Merge onto I-91 N toward Springfield- 25.9 mi Just North of Springfield city
Take exit # ???? for I-291 E/US-20 EAST toward I-90/Mass.Pike EAST
go 0.2 mi follow signs for I-291 East and merge onto I-291 EAST/US-20 East
Continue to follow I-291 EAST for 5.0 mi
Take the I-90 EAST/I-90 W exit -- Mass Pike
Merge onto I-90 EAST toward Boston Direction and go apx 11.5 mi Take exit 8 toward MA-32/US-20/Palmer/Ware 0.3 mi
Merge onto Palmer Ware Partial toll road Once under the Mass Pike bridge,
take a left onto HIGH st for 0.4 miles
Keep Right onto CHURCH st then take RIVER st for 1.4 miles
Take a left onto STATE st go apx 0.7 miles
Bear Right onto JIM ASS st for 1.1 miles
Keep strait on and Continue onto Bondsville Rd for 1.5 mi
Turn left at Cold Spring Rd and go apx 0.1 miles or over bridge and turn left into the parking lot,
Park so we can all fit... This is a small lot with apx 30 spaces max and its a popular spot so park where you can.
(The other alt route is I-84 to Stafford Springs and up 32..etc..)
OR Just follow your GPS: and maps.
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KAYAKS AVAILABLE:
The following Kayaks come with top rated paddles and life jackets transported to the put in site but must be specifically chosen and reserved in advance:
Boat use Doughnation is $20.00

Note: if you reserve a kayak and i take it all the way to the site and you do not show -- you will never join us again for any event.
These are my personal hobby boats and its asked you be sincere in showing up, besides i ask less than half of what a local shop charges and you get better equipment right at the event site's boat ramp.
Yes i will understand traffic may cause you to be late and if i hear of of any traffic via my GPS or by other arriving members, then we usually wait a bit longer than normal.
Please make sure you fit in the boats and have some paddling skills (check the info of the boats in the corresponding links provided with each boat).
KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass+Kevlar, Red, Rudder Equipped
18' Long @ 24" Wide.
This is an expedition style sea kayak designed for heavy loads and can handle rough sea conditions.
Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight @ 52 LB.
For almost any sized paddler apx (100 to 230 lbs) with beginner and up skills.
http://www.epinions.com/otdr_Kayaking_Touring_Sea-Eddyline-Wind_Dancer
---> RESERVED FOR BRIAN
KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Plastic, Fire Color, Rudder Equipped
15'-3.5'' Long @ 22" Wide.
Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, moderate weight @ 49 LB, ladies kayak
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 160 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the heavier model and largest cockpit of the Eliza series. http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_polymer/
---> RESERVED For DURELLE
KAYAK #3: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), Red and White, Skeg Version
15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide.
Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, Light weight @45 LB, Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the medium size cockpit of the Eliza series.
http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_composite/ (http://www.frontenac-outfitters.com/kayaks/one_boat.cfm?ID=702)
---> RESERVED for ELENA

KAYAK #4: Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version
(Very Thin Fibreglass), Yellow, Skeg Version
15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide.
Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, Light weight @40 LB, Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest cocpit.
http://playak.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=5010:boats&id=2150:Eliza-Ultralite
http://www.neckykayaks.com/press_room/press_releases/eliza_paddlerspick/
---> RESERVED FOR MARY BETH

KAYAK #5: Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron design by Guillemot Kayaks, pre-set and permanently deployed Skeg
18' Long @ 19" to 20" Wide.
Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight @ 50 lbs.
Medium Sized Paddler (apx 100 - 200 Lbs) with SOME NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE and up skills needed to control this boat.
http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guillemot/node/51/details (http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guillemot/node/30/detail)
Additional Option:
A Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED.
http://www.cricketdesigns.com/greenland.htm .
---> RESERVED FOR ANDREA C.
KAYAK #6: NDK Greenlander Pro, Fiberglass, Red, Skeg Equipped. Greenland style, fast kayak for ocean crusing.
18' Long @ 21" Wide, heavy weight @ 50 lb
Full Greenland style sea kayak. Medium sized paddler (100-175 lbs) with a MINIMUM of Intermediate to Advanced sea paddling skills needed for this boat.
http://www.maineislandkayak.com/ndk_greenlander.html#greenlanderpro
---> RESERVED by al-r

Kayak #7: THE HOME DEPOT CULL SCRAP WOODEN SPECIAL,
16 FEET LONG, 23 INCH WIDE. ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME INSTALLED even a toilet seat.
---> NEEDS SOME PLUMBING REPAIRS -- out of service, toilet seat ok but wont flush -- WILL CUT A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM or supply a poop bag..
# 7 Trailer Space reserved by Strawberry K.
I wish you all a good day..
See some of you soon..
al-r