August 31st started off as an early morning.  Andy Maser, Daniel Fox, Jason Markantes, & Hayden Peters had agreed to participate in the first Century Paddle and were to meet at Willamette Falls- the Sportcraft marina under 205 for a 7am start.  This entire trip (from Willamette Falls to Astoria) had been brainstormed by Don Smith and Sam Drevo, and had now been pushed into reality.  The weather cooperated, and with an extremely talented group of paddlers- we were going to test the theory.  5 days… 110 miles to the Warrenton, OR.