Just got back from a 4 day, 3 night trip on my Hobie Adventure Island. Put in at Glasgow, MO and took out at the Hartsburg Access about 67 miles later. It was awesome!
The first day I had a great broad reach wind, but it was a little puffy and shifty. I've never sailed a boat that jibed as easily as this one. I guess that not having a deck sweeping boom helps! Did about 32 miles. Primitive camping each night. Real primitive, like no facilities at all. Just find a spot and pitch your tent.
Second day there wasn't much wind, so I just floated on the 4 mph current. Very restful. The tramps were very handy, I had my jar of peanuts, water, maps, monoculars, GPS, protein bars all within easy reach. The only thing I didn't like about the tramps was that you can't paddle with them. I really like to use a paddle for maneuverability when I'm taking off from shore. Did about 22 miles that day. Found a really nice camp spot and decided to spend the next day there.
Third day spent reading a good book and relaxing in camp.
Fourth day, went about 13 miles to the take out. Wind was right on the nose, but blowing pretty hard so I decided to tack down river. Luckily, there was about a 3-4 mph current so I was still making pretty good headway. Very wet and wild.
I forgot to mention that I did this on my own and it was a lot of fun!
Here's a link to a few more photos I took:
Hobie Adventure Island kayak
About 2 hours east of Kansas City off I-70.
About 2 hours west of St. Louis.
"A Paddler's Guide to Missouri"
Delorme Missouri Atlas
- Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip, Extended Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)