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(1) Flat water is really not as fun as rapids. No, no...really not.

(2) Paddling for hours on only one side will make my shoulders protest and be generally unhappy.

(3) My bottom is not designed to sit comfortably on the edge of a raft for hours.

(4) Because my bottom is not designed to sit comfortably on the edge of a raft for hours, I will twist my base away from my torso in an attempt to not have bruises left in unfortunate places. This sadly leads to a very unhappy back after many hours. Also, it turns out not to help the bottom much.

(5) I'm easily annoyed when the people in my raft refuse to actually stop talking long enough to paddle (not to mention paddle in synch), thus leaving me paddling by myself up front for long stretches of time during the omnipresent flat water.

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bkleber
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
lol... yes, the boring stretches of flat water are... well... boring stretches of flat water. Ever get one wide/deep enough that you really, for a time, weren't sure whether or not you were moving? Dreariness incarnate.

*sens e-massage*
thewronghands
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, the perils of team sports. (I often end up as main paddler too. Kayaks are better for this, as you either get your own, or there are at least fewer people per boat.)
jalenstrix
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
About the team sports aspect - yes, precisely! This is the same reason I have hated all group work ever in the academic realm. Unless I trust my team members to not suck, which has been a rare occurrence.

halophoenix
Jul. 30th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
::pout:: Never been rafting, so I'm incredibly jealous! Still, even for the aches and pains, you had a good time, yes?

::giggle:: Perhaps next time you go rafting would be an excellent time to try some kind of prototype rafting pants...the kind with cushions for your tushie? Maybe those old 80s style shoulder pads removed from an old suit and stiched inside a pair of pants for each cheek? ^^;;
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