Paddling friends had mentioned to me over the last couple of years the remote beauty of paddling the Roanoke River and camping on the platforms recently put in by Roanoke River Partners. Each spring and fall I try to incorporate scouting trips for new awesome places to take clients. Some trips take multiple visits to work out the details and find the right spots....some are not good fits for taking women at all......but it is surely fun to spend time in the woods and on the water searching for an appropriate adventure.....I decided the Roanoke trip we did this past weekend was not a good candidate for a women's trip for several reasons I will get to....but want to share this treasure with you in the hopes you will either enjoy reading about it, or even better, decide to pack your yaks and GO! I most certainly plan to go back and paddle more of this pristine area, specifically exploring the creeks and additional platforms and paddling out into Albermarle Sound.
|Our put-in, Williamston, NC: NCWRC access|
"The Original Plan": (that got changed at the put-in...)Launch on Friday.....paddle from Williamston in manageable increments, end up on Sunday in Jamesville. Camp on Conine Platform Friday evening, then continuing on Saturday to Cut Cypress Creek and on to camping on Three Sisters Platform , then Sunday morning paddling a "short distance" back up Cut Cypress Creek to re-join the Roanoke and paddle down to Jamesville.
|One of the few structures on the entire 27 mile stretch....|
|Friday night: Conine platform|
|Cooking dinner Friday night...homemade meatballs and my mother inlaw's red sauce, french bread with butter and grated pamesan. Who says we are roughing it???|
|Our home for Friday night: Conine Platform. It was really nice with a screened in portion. Chris and Pete|
opted to sleep with no tent....beautiful night and the bugs had not arrived for the season yet!
So....our adventure begins with "Plan B...the Modified Plan...."
Weather forecast for the weekend: mid 70's...no rain until Sunday....66% chance, high of 80 degrees.
Actual weather: upper 50's Saturday with a high of 60, chilly nights and Sunday we realllly lucked out and had a bit of rain the last mile or so of our paddle and take out...but the tents were dry when we packed up Sunday morning....so we were A-OK with that weather, if not slightly paranoid that we didn't pack enough warm clothes but we actually did and remained toasty. I actually love paddling in the rain. Love my storm cagoule so very much.
|Chris and Pete, most excellent adventure buddies|
|We pack the boats to the VERY tip of the bow and stern...getting items out is sometimes tricky LOL.|
Yes, that's my head inside the hatch making sure I got everything out.