are a few rivers when first seen were so unique that any media of them
took off and they became hallmark runs for kayaking. Two of these
became well known due to the (at the time) unique nature of their
photogenic bedrock. Dry Meadow Creek in
California is one, it makes great images but as far as actual kayaking
it isn't that fantastic. The amphitheater section on the Travo is
another. If you got into kayaking in the late 90's or early
twenty-first century, you saw pictures of these two rivers. So we had
to do the Travo while in Corsica. Logistics have a snag, locals only
let paddlers use the shuttle road on weekends. If you don't heed the
warning your car may end up in the river. It's vigilante justice in the
Half moon over the mountains.
the weekend and flows are high enough so Travo time it is. We put on
and cruise down to where a recent landslide mandates a portage.
Looking downstream from the portage, this is what the river is famous for.
Eric Petlock styling the second drop of the amphitheater section of the Travo.
Paul Gamache goes as Eric waits in the eddy.
Rok Sribar finishes the last of the triple set on the Travo.
we make one portage around a rapid that has a fairly simple boof with
what has proved to be fatal consequences in the past. No thanks for us.
Then it's read and run through some boulder gardens that are just
terrible. Full on pin fest mank potential, kind of a longer easier
version of the Fordyce mank. As a group of
paddlers who kayak slides all the time in California, we all agree the
Travo is rather like Dry Meadow Creek. Good for photos, but not a great
overall whitewater experience. Thankfully we're able to console that
with calzone, pizza and red wine in Corte, the once capitol of Corsica.