Just got back from the 44th annual River Rats Floating Society spring trip on the Big Piney (The Great State of Missouri). As an aside, I have only missed seven of those trips and we are on our third generation. I pull a '72 Boler
(American) with a 2002 Mountaineer. I have hauled my 16' Mohawk on the roof rack lots of times. Put a couple of tie-down points on the front and then tied off likened unto thus / then to the rear thwart \. Due to my long-ago history of throwing a canoe off the front of a '64 Chevy pickup, I throw a snug safety strap over the canoe forward of mid-ship. Never had a problem since. The ten foot yak is not a problem. Camping gear plus the classic Weber and coolers in the Boler
and non-refrigerated groceries, PFD's, fishing gear, and paddles in the TV. I said not a problem but I will admit that at 63 inches in height the one man lift is a bit difficult when the Boler
is hooked up.
The trip has about six miles of extremely tough road plus a half-mile drive down a literal cowpath through a field. Usually a week-long trip and of course boondocking
. Coolers and a mid-week trip on ATV's for ice. Although they talk of carcinegins (SP?) 80+% of the meals are cooked on the Weber so no propane
tank. I take an old-school single burner Coleman stove for frying eggs and making coffee. During this trip the Boler is more or less a sleeping tent I do not have to set up or strike. Makes life so much easier and the trip even more enjoyable.
Just for funsies. Two years ago it was decided that we would just go ahead and get stranded in 14' over flood stage waters for a couple of extra nights so my grandsons would have a summer adventure to write about. I thought I was going to actually find out how good a canoe the Boler would make once the water got a few inches from the tires
. We only had a couple of brief showers but unbeknownst to us there had been a Biblical size deluge about twenty miles upstream. Now we take a weather radio.........and we listen several times a day. What with Fort Leonard Wood being adjacent to the property it can be difficult to tell thunder from the far distant cannon fire. Forty-four years.....one flash flood back in '75, the slow flood two years ago, and a fellow Rat's death due to heart attack on the river three years ago. In exchange for a lifetime of adventure, fish, music, fellowship, and stories....................