Saturday, July 21, 2007

Happening upon the finish line of the 28th annual Paddle & Portage canoe race

We were riding our bikes across the John Nolen causeway toward Olin Park when we first sensed them off to our left. A line of canoes stretched all the way across Lake Monona, the occupants of each paddling furiously, like Voyageurs straining to make landfall before a storm. It was the 28th annual DMI Paddle & Portage canoe race. By the time we got to Olin, the racers were crashing ashore like waves, jumping out, lifting their canoes one last time and sprinting past the finish line time clock a few yeards away. Made me tired just to watch them. (Click on photo to enlarge. Check out the contestant at the far right.)

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