Friday, May 22, 2015

Paddling for Pennies - Town of Clayton video

Day 2

The crew woke up around 2am and started paddling again. The goal was to be at Ferry Bridge in Goldsboro by 2pm. Grantham and Bentonville Fire Departments met them and fed them lunch. Had to huddle under the bridge to stay dry for a bit and then paddled on.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 1 continued

The crew landed in Smithfield around 7:00 Wednesday night. They were met with a warm meal and friends and family. The crew has gone from 8 to 5 people now. They stopped right at Hwy 95 last night around 9:30pm to sleep.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Day 1 - 2015 paddle

Half of the crew this morning at the put-in

Allen's home the next 5 days... his 5 year-old Rylee signed it (on the right) and so his 3 year-old Kaeli had to leave her mark (on the left). He said this kayak is a lot better than the one he used 2 years ago.

The crew put in off Falls of Neuse this morning around 12:45am. Allen texted at 6am and said he thought they were about 2 hours behind schedule. I spoke to Allen at 8am and they were at the dam. Unfortunately one of the crew had to stop his journey, a sad loss for the crew but he didn't want to hold everyone up. Because the river is low navigating is tougher than they anticipated. At 8am Allen estimated they were probably 1.5 hours behind schedule. Hoping that the nice weather today will allow them to get caught up on their time. They are anticipating being at the bridge at Hwy 42 in Clayton around 3pm.

Not sure which is better, the cold weather and good river conditions (like it was in 2013), or nice weather and a low river!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Official release of 2015 Paddling for Pennies

That's right!  May 20-24, 2015 a group of us will be paddling the Neuse River again!

Our goal this year:  $15,000

We have chosen to work with  Capt Woodalls Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF) as we did before and also Andrew Ladner at My United States Veterans Corps (MYUSVC).

We have chosen to provide for Ian S. McClanahan and his wife Danielle. He was wounded in a training incident in Nevada. He was also a Volunteer Firefighter in the small town of Fremont, NC. He is currently being treated at Walter Reed, has undergone over 140 surgeries and is expected to have hundreds more.

Also we will have chosen to provide for US Marine Ryan Wightman and his wife Melissa. 

For now were are in need of many things:

We need SPONSORS!!! 

We are in need of donations of the items for the bug-out-bags such as:

fire extinguishers
smoke alarms
72 hr survival kits
food (like MREs)
first aid kits 
gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations
and more!

Of course T shirts will be coming also.

We named this Paddling for Pennies because I only asked people for a penny a mile, that's $1.93. I'd like to have 1000 people donate a little instead of one donate all...
Thank you