Day 5 (Wednesday 09/14/05) – Kashahpiwi to Bayley Bay
Up at 6:15 (cool - 50 F). Cinnamon roll "pancake" with cream of wheat anc docoa for breakfast. Packed up after sunrise, left at 8:20. Paddled down to Yum-Yum portage. Steep start of 220 rod , but not really all that bad (~ 30 min). Next portage was 115 rod to Grey Lake (also not too bad). 100 rod portage to unnamed lake - looked like it might be mostly swamp, but the swampy part was dry. Four short portages then an 80 rod portage to Shade lake, where we had lunch. We met 1/2 of the Texan group on the way - they let us "play through" since we were single portaging.
Lunch break at
Shade Lake Single Portage
"Gift" portage at end of Shade Lake (no portage) - must be fast water at higher water levels or something. Lots of people made the portage - we just paddled around it. The stream out of Shade lake was very shallow. Had to do some wading through muck for a while (I'd have taken a picture, but I think it would have upset my partner. We stopped in North Bay on an island to wash out the muck, then crossed it in a choppy headwind to the Burke Lake portage, then last 84 rod portage of the day to Bayley Bay.
Camped on the 2nd campsite to the east of the portage - quite nice with a sandy beach. We actually didn't see anyone here until we left in the morning!
Went fishing, but only caught a small smallmouth (released). Supper was cornbread with hashbrowns and chicken (excellent, but very filling). Showered, and had hot tea and cocoa before turning in. Left the rainfly off again - quite cool (wool shirt and stocking cap in the sleeping bag. 55 F in tent at 8:00 PM.
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