Tom, Kelly, and Justin traveled to the southeast U.S. via car to race back-to-back events in two weekends. The May 14-15 Atomic AR, which took place near Amicalola Falls State Park, was our first race of two, and we were excited to start off the trip in the big hills of northern Georgia. The race was definitely one that we won't forget, although not for the best of reasons. Here's a shot of us before the start, preparing for the hoopla.Atomic AR or Atomic Bomb." Misplaced CPs, a paddle section involving a packraft over rapids, and a few other logistical details led to a less than satisfactory experience. After our boat hit a stick within 30 meters of entering the river, we took a spare from the TA and headed out on foot to cover the paddling leg. To skip a thick section of woods and to give us a break, we blew up our second boat and drifted down stream. The outer chamber held for a few sets of rapids, but the floor blew out and we had no way to get water out of the boat after going through rapids. Needless to say, drifting along the river in chilly water was a recipe for hypothermia, and we got off the water to generate some heat.