Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Bottom Scrapin' Sudbury

Launched into the Sudbury River from River Road in Wayland yesterday afternoon and headed upriver.  The weather looked like it was either about to clear or about to rain and shortly a brief shower ensued.

Some new signs...
...serve to remind that the 2017-2018 duck-hunting season is underway.  However, the river on this day was busy with folks fishing from the shore, atop the old RR trestle, and from several boats.  Most reported having success. 

Once past the Greenways shallow conditions were encountered with the river bottom exposed in many places.  In one such spot it took a second glance to realize I wasn't seeing the profile of a dugout canoe...
...just an old tree trunk.

Nearby these sandpipers were making the most of the shallows...


Eventually and only by using the two halves of my paddle-like ski poles to slide my boat over the muck, I reached the "Great Wall"...
...near Heard Pond which was withholding a fair amount of the river.  The beaver-built barrier made a good spot to turnaround and begin the trip back.

Along the way I'd picked up 2 floating poster boards each with a single letter.  One had an "R" and the other a "W".  On my return trip I may have solved the puzzle...
...when the missing letter was seen still attached to the Route 20 bridge.  Was someone being inspired to row?

Further downriver at my takeout a rower was encountered...
It was Tom who, like me, uses wheels to help transport his boat.  His boat dates from the 1970s and Tom shared photos of the many times his boat's been loaded to the gills with water chestnuts he and others pulled from the river.  He also had a photo of the 38" long northern pike he once caught on the Sudbury.

By the time my little journey came to an end the day was ending with blue skies to the north...


A small haul of trash was gathered up along the way...






2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The letter signs at some point were spelling out a message asking someone to go to "Prom" with them. This was a while back, and I'm sad to see that the letter signs were left as litter.

Trashpaddler said...

Thanks Anonymous, That solves the mystery. One strange thing...the letter "M" was downriver from the Rt. 20 bridge whereas the letter "R" was upriver. Must've been tricky taping them to the bridge.