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On a recent trip (to Alpine, which I’ll detail later), I noticed something weird in my rash guard when we got out. 

First, I noticed some weird stiffness, or pellets, in my elbows. Working my way around the area I found lumps in the fabric. They were embedded – not on top of, but practically of the fabric. 

I was able to extract some. It was white and powdery, so I figured it must be salt. 

That makes sense, given that we had paddled for 2.5 hours in the salty Hudson River, and had gotten some waves due to contra-current winds. 

Some of it I couldn’t get out. I’ll see how it looks after a wash. 

Guess I’m an “old salt” now with my long-distance paddling. 

Published in 2012 Backpaddle Inwood Canoe Club New York


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