Checkpoint Choko – The Calm(!?!) Before The Storm…

It looks like this years’ Everglades, Ultra Marathon, and Ultimate Florida Challenges are really getting off to a challenging start… the winds and seas might even be rougher than last year.  It’s a little warmer tonight, but by tomorrow night, it’ll be almost as cold as the drop in temperature in 2011, plus there’s a high chance of some SERIOUS rain.  Keep these intrepid souls in your thoughts as they spend tonight huddled in the cockpits of kayaks, or surreptitiously flop down on a wet sand beach or under a dock somewhere, scrabbling for a few hours of rest.  The sailors have it both better and worse than the kayakers… they have sails to drive them on, but they are headed into the wind, so there’s a lot of tacking going on, in some rough seas.  These seas are what broke Clarity last year, so I empathize with them all as I await their arrival at CP-2.  Good luck all, and good night.

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