Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Innumerable driftwoods


Day 85

Innumerable driftwoods are floating on the river. I threaded my way through driftwoods. I have never seen such a scene although I already have spent on this river for 3 months from June.
Those driftwoods are not a fresh driftwood which has just now fallen down from a shore and still has leaves, but are an aged driftwood for several years fading to black color. The driftwoods that had been washed up on a shore may have started to flow again. The peak of a water level of the Yukon River is at first June when thawing, but these driftwoods mean that the water level of now is exceeding of fist June?
Today also I did not come across a space where I can pitch the tent on both shores and islands. Tonight I have pulled up my kayak on somebody's fish camp.
Nuts, it is last only 400 miles to the sea...

Total distance: 1,585 mi





総距離: 2,536キロメートル

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The river is still rising


Day 84

The river is still rising, and it has increased 8 inches for last two days. Sounds of shores eroded and falling down a water like a cannon can be heard a few times in a single hour.
However a quantity of precipitation might be decreaseing.

It has rained a great deal this year, the river has risen, and most of shores that a tent can be pitched have been submerged. Since most of shores have been covered with driftwoods washed up along the edge of the water, the kayak has not been able to land there. In addition, from September, the storm season will start and the river will rise more then. It is impossible without stay in the tent on the shore to paddle and move forward on the river, so I am considering the second leg will end at next village Grayling.

I need more three days to paddle to the Grayling, so I have to find tenting possible shores somewhere and stay two nights. Therefore now I am considering the timing when I should leave here, whether the water level will increase or decrease while waiting.





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Monday, August 22, 2016

Waiting for weather to improve


Day 83

I am waiting for the weather to improve in the tent.
It is quiet. Sounds only I can hear are the sound a rain hits the tent, the sound leaves sway by a wind, the sound of a turbulent flow of a water along a shore, the sound bird flaps wings and of its song, the sound of hum of an insect and the sound a shore crumbles in the distance.

The river is rising every day. It is 4 inches per day from last night. Since the river width is more than one mile, I wonder how much rain is gathering into.
It has been rain continuously last three days, so the river might has risen around 1 foot surprisingly meanwhile.
On the water surface, huge black driftwoods are flowing one after another.

According to the locals at villages along the Yukon River I have paddled through, and my experience, this year it is too much rain and it is too little mosquitoes.





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River was rough

Day 82

The river was rough with waves, a southerly head wind and a rain. Being drifted by the wind and the waves, I could paddle at a speed of only a half of human walking here and there. I had no time to rest my hand due to continuously being drifted by the wind and the waves, and I got wet under a rain coat. I had wanted to stop paddling but I could not find any shore to pitch the tent since probably the rise of the river covered those, and it forced me to continue paddling a whole day. Even so, I could make progress only 22 miles.
In the lower Yukon, where, from the place the river changes the direction of travel from the west to the south, to the mouth, it seems too hard to paddling in a rain or a wind.

As expected, finally, the zipper of the tent fly has become not to be closed. It looks like that an emergency repair squashing the slider by pliers will work only few days. Therefore, thanks to Jon, I have changed the tent to his tent I borrowed. It is a great help in the spell of rainy weather.

Total distance: 1,553 mi




総距離: 2,484キロメートル

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wait and see

Day 81

It has begun to rain from last night. To be turning the weather bad, and to be added a rain to a wind and waves, it supposed that the risk will be high further in this area. In addition, I do not grasp the situation of here yet. So, today I will not move, and will wait-and-see.



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Enjoying bonfire


Day 80

Tonight's camp site is excellent. Because ton of driftwoods are scattered, I can enjoy bonfire as much as I wish.

Since yesterday, a southerly head wind blew a whole day, and waves were high. The paddle was heavy as I stirred mud. I could paddle at a speed of only human walking, and although I overworked my body I could paddle for only 19 miles.

Total distance: 1,529 mi





総距離: 2,447キロメートル

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

High waves


Day 79

When I started paddling, southerly head wind already blew. The wind gradually increased, and I started to use a sea anchor halfway. Going for 6 miles for 3 hours, the wind became stronger furthermore, and the landscape changed to make wind and wave strong. White caped waves became high dangerously. I tried to paddle along the shore closely to escape from high waves, but a strong eddy prevented to paddle to downstream. Very luckily, at just there, an abandoned old cabin was. So I will sleep tonight in it.
Gradually a situation of lower Yukon River is appearing. There are many place where if a wind blows a wave becomes high dangerously, but shores for escape are very rare. From here to the mouth, I might have to abandon paddling when a wind blows.

Total distance: 1,510 mi






総距離: 2,416キロメートル

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sky and water became one


Day 78

The Yukon River has started to flow straight. The sky was cloudless and a calm water surface was a mirror reflecting the sky. So, I could not distinguish the sky from the water on the horizon. The horizon disappeared. The sky and the water became one. All spaces surrounding me joined and became one universe.

This morning, the temperature dropped to 5 degrees Celsius.

Total distnace: 1,502 mi




 総距離: 2,403キロメートル

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Koyukuk River joined


Day 77

The Koyukuk River, the third largest tributary, joined and the river width increased more. And then, the Yukon River changed his direction from the west to the south.

Total distnace: 1,467 mi




総距離: 2,347キロメートル

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Jon Korta


Day 76

Jon Korta, living in Galena village, lent me his tent kindly. I am carrying it as the spare tent. If my tent, which I made emergency repairs, will be completely broken, I will use his tent. I am thankful although it is restricting the kayak space for food, because the tent is very important tool and I have to discontinue this expedition if it will be broken.

Today's breakfast was delicious moose noodle.

Total distance: 1,431 mi






総距離: 2,290キロメートル

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