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Finally. I never thought September would get here.

This is what the pirogue looked like after I loaded it on the car, all wrapped in shipping plastic to keep the love bugs off of it.

I picked up my pirogue in Bunkie weekend before last. Folks were getting ready for two hurricanes at the time, so I did a quick trip from Nashville. Down on Saturday, home on Sunday, though it may have been a little after midnight when I finally got home.

I installed a luggage rack Saturday afternoon in Memphis, where I was working with some Masonic friends to get our Grotto hall in shape. Headed to Alexandria, La., afterward, pulling in to town around midnight. Got up at the crack of 8, traveled to Home Depot for some quick supplies to wrap the boat to protect it from insects flying into it and picked up my cypress pirogue in Bunkie before noon.
The pirogue weighs about 60 pounds, easy enough for me to handle on my own. But I had to put it on the rack upside down and I couldn’t drive faster than 50 so it wouldn’t try to go airborne.

This is what it looked like after 10 miles. I had to stop at Dollar General and buy garbage bags and duct tape to protect the bow, after the wind ripped the shipping plastic to shreds.

50 mph, 600 miles to home. Ugh. I haven’t driven 50 in a vehicle since my mom last rode with me. I didn’t want to be “that guy” on the interstate, so I worked my way through the back roads of central Louisiana to Natchez, where I got on the Natchez Trace (speed limit 50 mph). It took a while to get home.

So what does any of that have to do with September? Everyone knows when you buy a pirogue, you have to paint it green. The builder suggested a stain rather than paint and I had to order it from Home Depot since they don’t normally stock “coonass green” stain for some unknown reason. (OK, they call it alligator green, but we know better.)
Anyway … it should arrive at the Home Depot in Bellevue today and I can start the process of making my pirogue hold water.
It’s not a bayou, but the Harpeth River is in for a workout in a few weeks.

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