Got a call today from my paddling partner indicating he's willing to head to Quetico as scheduled in spite of a painful injury that's slow to mend. The time had come to make a decision whether to go or not. Hopefully we've made a good call. We'll take it easy this trip and not travel as much as we'd originally planned, but hey it's another return trip to our beloved Quetico 11 days from now. I'm counting the minutes and I know my partner is too. Wish us well.
The guy I go with always has an "injury" as the trip approaches. That is a strategy for doling out the portage packs and paddling chores. Don't fall for it or else one-up him with a "better" injury. Just kidding of course, sort of.
I don't mind doing the heavy lifting since I know he's ailing. With all the doctor trips and treatments he's undergone in the past few weeks to be marginally able to go at all, I don't want him to further damage his body this trip if I can help prevent it.
quote jeroldharter: "The guy I go with always has an "injury" as the trip approaches. That is a strategy for doling out the portage packs and paddling chores. Don't fall for it or else one-up him with a "better" injury. Just kidding of course, sort of." I wouldn't want to go with a guy if he was lying to me about injuries just to get out of work. I wouldn't want to be associated with that type of person in the woods for any period of time. I also wouldn't want to go with someone who thought I was lying about an injury. If you don't believe what I tell you is the truth, then I don't want to camp with you either. Just kidding.....sort of.
I was kidding too. It's important to have an equal balance of hypochondiriasis and stoicism in travel partners to even out. In other words, I would not want to go with anyone worse than me!
I have a buddy who is almost too fit for the group and ends up doing a disproportionate amount of work and still seems held back by the group. He does not mind but it is not really fair. Motivating me to be more fit this year.