It’s been awhile since I posted much….busy at work and training for a BIG personal challenge.
I’m organizing a charity event for late this summer. The Provincetown to Plymouth Paddle Pilgimage to Prevent Plastic Pollution…...LOL…long winded but catchy….7P’s for short. Those of you that know me here know that I’ve taken up paddle surfing as therapy for some health issues. Well I decided to push a little further. Late this summer I will be doing a marathon 22 mile paddle across Cape Cod Bay to help raise money and awareness for charities fighting plastic pollution in our oceans.
Everyone that has gone to the beach sees the plastic that has washed up but that is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. From the plastic bags that turtles choke on thinking they are jellyfish to beaches in Alaska 3 ft deep in plastic trash we are creating a mess that will not go away unless we do something about it. It’s also coming right back into the food chain in the seafood we eat along with the toxins it is so good at absorbing. This article shows some pretty disturbing numbers.
I haven’t left out the woodworking though…I’ll be using one of my paddles and hope to build this hollow wood paddleboard for the trip.
This is going to be a lot of work on a number of fronts…organizing the event (I hope to have 20 or so other Standup paddlers join me), training, and hopefully building the board. Unfortunately it will mean mostly lurking on LJ to see what my buddies are up to but not leave much time for contributing. I will blog the progress of the board if I end up building it (training will take up most of my weekends so we’ll see)
Here is the route if you’re interested. Wish me luck…I’m going to need it.
-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org