Last year, I attempted to kayak from a park just north of Eaton Rapids all the way back to Lansing, a 20-mile route. Nine miles into the trip, I snapped one of the blades of my paddle and my trip ended. Fortunately, this took place right next to the Waverly Road. The water was so low that I could walk the kayak back to the bank where I waited for Valerie to fetch me.
Sunday, Valerie dropped me off at Waverly Road and I completed my route. Had the weather cooperated earlier in the day, I would have tried the complete route again, but the snow and rain delayed my trip by several hours.
The photo above is the paddle that busted with a new blade. This paddle is a very light and a comfortable paddle. But just in case, I now always carry my old heavier paddle with me so that I can avoid this situation again.