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We have discussed the idea of bugging out of KC and head toward St. Louis in a canoe. The best way to test the idea is to race in the MR340 and see what it is like. Nothing like a race to simulate some sort of urgency. We hope to see some of you St. Louis crew when we hit St. Charles in August! Our team is Green Eggs and Ham and the race runs August 8-11 and the time limit is 88 hours. We will be running an old vintage Grumman 17' canoe.

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Let us know what you will do to prep for the race both with gear and practice runs. Lots of pictures would be great!

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This will be the 12th year for the race and it has been something I have wanted to do since year one.
So far here is what I have done over the last year to prepare.
1) Decide to actually do it.
2) Kept an eye on craigslist for a canoe I could afford.
2A) Found a Grumman Aluminum boat that fit the bill $300.
3) Went back to craigslist for life vests
3A) Paid half price for a matching set for the missus and myself that another couple hated but we love $80 for both.
4) Bough wooden paddles, the wife is a wood person and immediatly we sanded them properly and refinished them $50
5) Realize that there is a cap of how many boats can enter at 450, scramble to get half of team and canoe registered in the race $200.

We begin training this weekend. I will take pictures.

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6) Turn 40 and realize that I was 25 and blinked to 40. Last year started working out getting into shape and when I quit smoking it was borderline crippling with complete loss of energy and eating everything in sight gaining back all the weight I lost last year and found a couple of extra pounds lying around. I am back down below 300 but what I would describe as being a healthier big man than I was before. So some progress there.

-i want to be fully honest about the difficulties of this process; if I slip and fall i will admit it.

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6) Turn 40 and realize that I was 25 and blinked to 40. Last year started working out getting into shape and when I quit smoking it was borderline crippling with complete loss of energy and eating everything in sight gaining back all the weight I lost last year and found a couple of extra pounds lying around. I am back down below 300 but what I would describe as being a healthier big man than I was before. So some progress there.

-i want to be fully honest about the difficulties of this process; if I slip and fall i will admit it.


Am older than you so I've been there! Just get back up and all of us here at ZS will be cheering you on. :clap:

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Sunday was supposed to be water trials for the new canoe; however I caught my co-worker's "allergies" and was running a fever on Sunday. That translates to double duty next weekend to get training in. As it stands now there 7 slots left in the race for boats; I'm glad we were able to get registered. Studying how to navigate the Mighty Mo.; I am glad I am doing this because if I had to just take a canoe and jump in to escape the city I would have wrecked it in no time. Whilst not a particularly dangerous body of water it IS still a major body of water full of pitfalls for the uninitiated. Wing dikes, barges, underwater dangers, bouys, and the dangers of exhaustion. My goal is to lose 20 pounds before august.

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Looks gnarly Dude!


Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in St. Charles. Just entering it will impress your friends. Finishing it will astound them… and winning it? Well, you always thought you were sort of a legend anyway, didn’t you? It’s time to prove it.

The Missouri 340 is an endurance race across the state of Missouri. Competitors will start in Kansas City and finish, some of them anyway, in St. Charles. With numerous towns and hamlets, the course offers plenty of opportunity for resupply while enroute. The Missouri River is also incredibly scenic and isolated in some stretches, with wildlife and beautiful vistas to rival any river in North America. But if you’re trying to win this race, you won’t have time to enjoy any of it.


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There is a crapton of photos on line - looks like great fun if nobody get run over by a towboat/barges....

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An older couple for California was run over by a barge one year but they survived intact but the boat was a total loss. The barge rescued them. I just looked it up and it was 2007.

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An older couple for California was run over by a barge one year but they survived intact but the boat was a total loss. The barge rescued them. I just looked it up and it was 2007.



I can imagine that paddlers must be fully aware of their surroundings because barges cannot stop on a dime.

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The dangers lie in wait until the end of the second day when everyone is sleep deprived, its dark, and the mutant care bears are laughing at you. People see elephants charging into the water at them, giant whirlpools, tree people, sharks, and all manner of dangers that are not there. Not to mention real dangers that you are blind to.

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The dangers lie in wait until the end of the second day when everyone is sleep deprived, its dark, and the mutant care bears are laughing at you. People see elephants charging into the water at them, giant whirlpools, tree people, sharks, and all manner of dangers that are not there. Not to mention real dangers that you are blind to.


Tree people...?

Kinda like methheads 'eh?

Still, after looking at this if I lived in the A/O I would total sign up. Not that I would ever have a chance in hell in winning - but for the obvious fun of the experience....

Thanks for posting this - I've marked the racer as a source of future data / live, on the ground photos from the A/O for use in future fiction...

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Look up 340paddler on youtube and watch his videos about the race and you will get a scope of what is involved. As we get closer I will post the website where everyone can track us along the route. Remember that they sign up 450 boats, 15% will be a did not start (DNS), 30% will be a did not finish (DNF), and pure glory for all that make it. The motto of the racers is that the sooner you finish the sooner the pain stops. I am excited for my wife, who doesn't have a competitve bone in her body, to do the race because she will be really testing herself for the first time.

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Today we performed our first sea trials on the new canoe. She held and had no leaks. My wife got over her fear of boats and water real quick once she found her balance and got to paddling around the lake. Three laps around the lake and she was hooked. Not bad for our first time out.

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We have discussed the idea of bugging out of KC and head toward St. Louis in a canoe. The best way to test the idea is to race in the MR340 and see what it is like. Nothing like a race to simulate some sort of urgency. We hope to see some of you St. Louis crew when we hit St. Charles in August! Our team is Green Eggs and Ham and the race runs August 8-11 and the time limit is 88 hours. We will be running an old vintage Grumman 17' canoe.



I guess I am puzzled as to why St Louis would be better? :?:


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Because the state of Missouri basically has a state plan for evacuating people from one side of the state to the other in the event of a major catastrophe. We just did a drill in KC where half a million refugees from the East side of the state had to be moved into the area in the event of a major earthquake. We asked them if the reverse was true and they said yes. Giving the people of St. Louis the credit of possibly having been less affected by a more regional problem and having their act together then thats our go to point. My plan is that the easiest route for us to get to the gulf or head south is Mighty Mo to the Miss. Plan b is drive until we can put into the Ark river and it leads to the gulf without much fuss. That works in the more conservative estimates in the event of the super volcano scenario. Our whole region is full of small rivers and decent floatable creeks. The theory is that it beats the heck out of walking and we can make better time than sitting on the highways.

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Super cool stuff!

Keep in mind if the Madrid fault slips it could rearrange the river. Or all the rivers.

If a super volcano erupts, I have no idea what would happen. The air quality might be an issue?

Best of luck and thanks for posting! I"m looking forward to watching your progress and I just think this is really cool. I"m relatively close to your area (Nebraska), so I"m interested to know Missouri has such plans and how all that would work out.

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Good news about Madrid fault is that we would be the ones recieving the refugees; super volcano at Yellowstone, whilst devistating don't immedately start dumping on our area for a couple of days and it will be about a week after that before it hits that point of no return stage so if you make a run of relatives in the Southeast or Southwest we will be good. Then come back in 6 months to buy cheap property, maybe start a winery.

As far as Missouri's Madrid plan goes it was more thought out than I would have expected; remember boys and girls New York City's nuclear plan was that everyone was to go to the subway and take a free trip to The airport and fly away on the waiting airplanes... I am not joking, they spent money on that,

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Super cool stuff!

Keep in mind if the Madrid fault slips it could rearrange the river. Or all the rivers.

If a super volcano erupts, I have no idea what would happen. The air quality might be an issue?

Best of luck and thanks for posting! I"m looking forward to watching your progress and I just think this is really cool. I"m relatively close to your area (Nebraska), so I"m interested to know Missouri has such plans and how all that would work out.

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Planning on doing any video yourself.
I am in SE Mo. (near the Current River) and must admit I've not heard of this event.
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Planning on doing any video yourself.
I am in SE Mo. (near the Current River) and must admit I've not heard of this event.
Good luck!

We are working on doing some video. I am going to shoot it in the style of a Ken Burns documentary.

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Planning on doing any video yourself.
I am in SE Mo. (near the Current River) and must admit I've not heard of this event.
Good luck!

We are working on doing some video. I am going to shoot it in the style of a Ken Burns documentary.


The missus and I are talking about exploring some of the current next year.

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We went out on the lake today. The wind was miserable ans we only managed about a 4 hour workout. I think I damaged everything in my upper body wrestling the canoe around in the wind. At least during the race the current is going the direction I am.

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Beat the rush, buy a case of lineament now.

The only real way to get into shape for long paddling of a canoe or kayak is to go out and paddle a canoe....

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-----Keep in mind if the Madrid fault slips it could rearrange the river. Or all the rivers. ----



Good point but could still have positive outcomes. Freeways and streets may be destroyed but as long as the river is navigable it could beat walking cross-country. Probably a good idea to continue to improve skills for traveling via riverways.

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