Sue went out on the kayak yesterday to explore 'Swift Ditch'. She came back with sticks in her hair, soaking wet, muddy, the kayak full of goodness knows what and a dirty great happy grin on her face. She would tell me no more other than to wear long trousers, long sleeves and a hat! The one pic published on her blog made nothing any clearer!!
I set off on the same trip this morning at 9.00am - this is what I found. Hang a left under this footbridge off of the Thames
A beautiful tranquil day
Lovely isn't it? However did Sue get in such a state?
Pretty stone bridge
Quite a lot of submerged wood here
The view straight ahead; it doesn't look like I can possibly get through here but if Sue did so can I - moi competitive?
Ah yes - a tiny gap to the left
now it's getting really silly
limbo under here
and here we go again; absolutely no means of forward propulsion here other than a handful of twigs and reeds to port and a handful of stingers to the right - not helped by the fact that the current is quite strong in these narrow stretches. Much easier coming back down.
but it does 'open' up again - for a short distance
and I'm stuck on a submerged log trying to rock myself off
now I know how she got in that state - I'm now in the same mess plus I've just copped a face full of stinging nettles. What a brilliant paddle - my best ever yet without doubt. Fantastic