Before the canoe, there was the cutter. And even before that, St. John’s had a full-on ship, the St. Peter. But before it all, there was the printing press. Ted Byfield knew the power of print and propaganda. This is a very well written piece.
It posits that cutter trips, snowshoe runs, and canoeing by St. John’s proves Kruschev wrong that the West is soft. (I guess we were the exact antidote for all those youth Spetsnaz kids running around the Moscow suburbs.)
The one thing about canoeing long distances, paddling for hours at a time, your mind goes numbingly, slowly, and surely insane. You think about anything and everything. Food used to be my favourite. What will I gorge on once we get back to the school? I’ll have three burgers because if I have four, I’ll blow chow. And through it all you are in cadence with at least 6 others, with every stroke. If your stroke is uneven, the canoe slows. A steady and powerful stroke is everything in canoeing, the ability to maneuver around a rock might be determined by your momentum and your ability to change directions.