I started from Gonzales at 5:45 after some sleep in my hammock. The day was quite uneventful which was not bad at all. Just paddling and paddling in a hot and humid weather.
The Cuero dam was something new to me. In 2004 flooding the river made two new channels around the dam. Taking the far right channel it was possible to paddle without any portaging just with some boat dragging through shallow water around fallen trees.
There were several small rapids or rather just fast water between Cuero Dam and the Cuero 236 checkpoint. I paddled that part of the river already in darkness. In one of those rapids I hit an submerged log and got knocked out of the boat. I was swimming with my paddle while my boat continued to run downriver. The water was fast and deep, the shores were steep. I managed to catch the boat and we were swimming together for a longer while trying to avoid sweepers. Finally, I landed on a small tree in the middle of the river and, after some rest (that "exercise induced asthma"), jumped into the boat and paddled to the checkpoint.
At the Cuero checkpoint I changed to dry clothes and tried to rest in my hammock. It was time to switch to my plan B - a slower scenario for my safari run.
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