Monday, March 24, 2008
The second leg of my adventure has a few unique challenges. First, I'll have paddled 25 miles in about six or seven hours the day before. Then I'll have to face the part of the coast I have the least experience with, Ala Moana to Ko'Olina. Its also the only water leg that has a lot of boat and ship traffic (going in and out of Honolulu Harbor and Pearl Harbor.) The other issue here is sharks. A few months back my son was watching a show on the Discovery Channel, "The Ten Most Dangerous Sharks," and when they got to #3 my son called me to come watch. These shark experts considered the Tiger shark the third most dangerous (Great White#2 and Bull#1.) They wanted to tag a few to learn more about the range of these ominous predators and figured the best place to catch a few was a mile or so off Honolulu Harbor. I wish I hadn't seen that. My second day 35 mile paddleboard ride (7 to 8 hours)will take me right through this area and past the fishing boats that are cleaning fish and throwing guts overboard. I'll have to remember to look tough so the Tiger sharks don't mess with me.