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The Neal Carver Report
I had not been in the water for a month and was ready to get wet. I even suffered some insomnia the night before with the anticipation of a little surf the next day. Rose early and headed to the meeting spot. All showed except for Todzilla...the newbie. We waited a little and figured he was still parting the night away. Pat Hoge (also a newbie) rode with me and Bruce. Pat and spoke about kids and other stuff while Bruce snored across the eastern shore. Art drove separately so that he could make an early departure, Rod kept him company. Traffic was not bad but definitely an increase from the spring time. There was a NE wind blowing and figured there might be some wind swell to ride at NJs. Well, the conditions were horrid, but surf starved as I was, I paddled out immediately. Not much to ride on the north side of the jetty, so I joined Pat Bruce and Art on the south side. The form was a little better but close to shore. We decided it wasn't worth going anywhere else so we stayed until the fisherman's sinkers were plunging in around us. At that time we decided it just wasn't worth the effort.
We loaded up, shot a couple pics and headed south to meet up at the FoonBunker. Traffic, Traffic, Traffic! How about a two hour trek from Rehobeth to the north end of OC. We ate some KFC and talked about this and that. Finally we took off for a 3 1/2 hour trip home. Pat sat up front while Bruce and Rod robbed the cabin of all oxygen. An occasional complaint about rolling off the seat due to some erratic driving was about all I heard from them. Luckily, Pat was able to stay awake and keep from dozing. Thanks
I surely hope that no other ASC trips resemble last Saturday. It was not a good first impression for our new members.
Thanks Pat for hanging in there on the ride home, Foon for supplying the Lunch room with a view, Rod for the pics (they make it look better than it was) and thanks to Bruce for giving our trip some credibility!
Rod Rodgers Report
The quick report: lousy. Should have stayed at home today. Small chopped up surf and terrible traffic everywhere. Neal paid the price as the ASC driver of the day. Bruce and I snoozed most of the ride home but at least Pat Hoge kept Neal alert.
The boys each caught a few waves on the south side of the Naval Jetty but that's not saying a whole lot. I never hit the surf this morning. I opted to take a short jog north towards the point and back followed by a siesta. Neal probably caught the most waves during the morning session -- no doubt he was the most determined after having been land bound for over a month.
Post session we battled 1000s of other vehicles as we headed south to check Indian River Inlet and Ocean City. IRI showed more energy but conditions were about the same. OC showed less wind effect but smaller swell (1'). At IRI there were about 15 people out on different types of boards and 3 kayakers.
We grabbed some southern
fried chicken and rolls (ok, it was KFC's regular crisp) before stopping
by FoonsBunker for lunch and brews. Thanks to JoAnne for allowing us to
share some quality time on the Foonbunker
And thanks to Neal who shouldered the onerous task of driving duty today (stupendous surf buggy wheels sporting an ASC Magnet logo). I should have snapped a pic or two of all the 5-mile backups that were EVERYWHERE.
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