Jeff & West are pretty excited to finally start paddling. If you are following their SPOT tracker, they are making pretty good time paddling down this "lake" part of the Volga River. They are coming up on the town of Peno, Russia. Peno has a population of 5190 at an elevation of 705 feet. The update from Jeff this morning is that, while it is cold, it's not as cold as they expected. The guesthouse was very comfortable even to the point that they had to open the windows because it had become too warm He reiterated how thrilled they were to offload some of their gear or the time they had to drag their boats 11 miles at the start would have been much longer than it actually took. Before they started paddling this morning, they had gone 15 miles.