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    Default Leics Room With a View in Pictures, and a few words, but mostly pictures.

    My thanks to all the paddlers who gave up their Bank Hols to come and paddle some flat waters in Leicestershire. It was the kinda weekend that only works because of the great people who come along and make the event. Thanks also to Colin at the boathouse for the use of the field.

    I can only really speak for myself, but I had a really brilliant weekend, with a lot of paddling, easting, chatting, drinking, fire-ing and getting wet! I hope peeps may add their own 'best' (or 'worst') bits in text, photo or video to this collection of random memory joggers from the weekend.




    11 boats 17 intrepid adventurers and 1 dog on the way to Loughborough decide to stop for lunch, a
    jig and a smile, before dabbing on the sun!!! cream and braving the best
    white water in Leicestershire. The acceleration
    forced the young crew to brace themselves allowing more experienced
    paddles to show how its done, or to just sit blissfully though the
    torrent. Its fun to have a bit of bouncy water to play on
    and to give the armpits an airing before
    rocketing away to the next stop on the banks on the
    GUC just at the north end of Loughborough, where the natives
    were nosey, hungry and not best pleased to see us. Once it was
    safe to get back on the water, the fun of SoTs was
    superbly demonstrated. After 12 hot miles of paddling, it was time to have a well
    earned break and give the head muscles a chance to
    come to the fore. Our thanks to CE's National Canoe week for the idea, and thanks to
    the star boat builders, who gave up valuable beer time to, well lets face it, mess
    about with cardboard ex-bike boxes, (3 cheers to Websters! for the card!), and a job lot of standard packing tape to create floating-ish
    masterpeices of boatcraft in 1hr, which only left the timed/distance challenge. In front of a packed audience on both banks..
    people took to the water like ducks don't in order to provide cheap entertainment
    to the masses. The early mark was 2.3 seconds, which the later
    Mark easily outstripped, until, alas the inevitable
    happened, and paddler & cardboard parted company. With great bankside support, once the laughing had paused, the
    next brave soul took to the water. Three down, and with a slowly
    setting sun, it was time for the stars to come out
    and shine, skill-full paddling saw this boat reach the far bank and back, whilst this excellent build from John and Garry C
    left the audience waiting
    whilst it not only made the crossing, but also went for a scoot round the bridge, made it back to shore, swapped paddlers
    and did it all again. And thus the Egret 7 was born.
    So moving swiftly on to Sunday, where we started with 11 boats and 16 people
    and one dog for day which started cool and grey. However undaunted peeps were raring to be off and enjoy
    a fun days paddling, at least, that is, until
    we got as far as the pub and time for a stop for a cuppa tea/coffee/chocolate and possible the poshest loos for 100miles. Waving the wonderful loos goodbye
    we found a bit more bouncy water to play on. A bit more water would have been good. So
    more munchies and general and we set off again to find the next place to stop for
    and jammy chillaxing. It is always good to have the calm before
    the storm, and the return of the indestructible Egret 7 as it
    took to the water for one final moment of
    glory in the sun. May she rest in pieces.


    Humble thanks again to you all.

    Jon
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    Cheers Jon. Really enjoyed the weekend. A great crowd and a great laugh. Thank you for going the extra mile.

    Me and Gary C are already working on plans for a tandem to paddle over to Inverie on the Knoydart trip.

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    Looks like a laugh ... Good to see you getting out and about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Per View Post
    Cheers Jon. Really enjoyed the weekend. A great crowd and a great laugh. Thank you for going the extra mile.

    Me and Gary C are already working on plans for a tandem to paddle over to Inverie on the Knoydart trip.
    lets hope you don't cause a punch up there then!!!!

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    Nice paddle on Sunday........pity I missed the Saturday larks!...........Well done for organising everything Jon
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    Cheers Jon for a really quality bank holiday meet up. I'll post a few pictures when I find the camera.

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    Another great weekend at Barrow upon Soar, thanks Jon. 😊

    Great weather, a couple of really good paddles with great company, and some new faces (to me) with entertainment laid on by SotP members (cardboard canoes and fireside chat) and locals too! (a good old fashioned cat fight)

    The room with the view lived up to all expectations, even "The" Room with a view, which of course had an important job to do.

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    That looked like a truly magnificent weekend, very envious of you all. John, if you organize another and lay on similar weather I'll definitely come along. Should there be a string in the canoe and paddle reviews section of the forum for cardboard boats?
    Mike

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    Thanks John

    Great weekend pity I missed the main Saturday paddle but at least made it in time for the cardboard canoes, great fun!!

    Also massive thanks to David Fletcher for feeding me Saturday evening looks like Bonarmja has a rival in the camp cook stakes.

    Good to meet some new faces.

    Cheers

    Gary C

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    Nice to meet you too Gary

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    I'm sorry I wasn't there, as it looks like you all had a great time.

    Questions:

    Did John (Per) take a full part in all days?
    Is cardboard the new Royalex?
    Is the cardboard still in the River Soar?

    When's the next trip?

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    Did John (Per) take a full part in all days?
    Ah that would be telling, as they saying goes, what happens in Barrow stays in Barrow, unless of course its funny.

    Is cardboard the new Royalex?
    Well it is lighter and cheaper that Royalex, just one or two small kinks (and creases and bends and waterproofing and ...) to work out

    Is the cardboard still in the River Soar?
    Nope, even fully soaked, there was enough buoyancy to get all the card to side and out - and enough wood to have fire to dry out and burn all the boats.

    if you organize another and lay on similar weather I'll definitely come along.
    Its an easy weekend to organise, as there is no car shuffling and with pub/shops close by, anything needful is nearby. Colin is more than happy for anyone to use field for paddle camping (he just asked for couple of days notice), or to use as a place to park for a day's paddling. He also mentioned about running rescue/safety or coaching courses. Not free, but might make an interesting alternative for one day over a future weekender? Unfortunately I can't promise similar weather! - this was the fourth run of this weekender, and every one has had good-great weather, its a run that can't last forever!.


    So for the National Go Canoeing week I think we can add:

    Day Particpants Miles Distance
    sat 17 12 204
    sun 16 8 128
    sun 3 2.5 7.5
    mon 1.5 1.5 1.5
    Tot Dist: 341 miles




    Some approximating, but doesn't include the extra cardboard miles, and general messing around by the pub/ramp etc. Wasn't the reason for the weekend, but kinda nice to be able to contribute these miles to the total anyway.
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    Thanks again Jon and all for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, hope to see you all again at the next one.

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    Here are the pictures team broadsman took. We had our hands full with dog and kids so didnít capture many!

    The camp site











    Family fun in the canoe




















    Spot the heron





    Other people paddling




















    Jons epic splash on the ramp











    Mark timing his slide to perfection








    Thanks again for a great weekend. Iím sure we will come if you run this again.


    Cheers


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    Thanks
    John for a good weekend,and me doing my first long solo,apart from my hurting pride, and getting my first baptism.

    Thanks for the help i got getting me back on the water.

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    Great photo's Robin, but remind me to breath in next time!.

    apart from my hurting pride, and getting my first baptism
    Personally I think you should take great pride in the way you so calmly handled the situation! Swims come with the hobby and suspect we've all been there (many times in my case!)

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    I've finally managed to upload my photos.
    Here is the link:


    https://goo.gl/photos/AYiAwyXwUxVoekrW7

    and my video should be here:

    https://youtu.be/rkSfFXyQdpo

    Thanks to all for the company and especially Jon for organising.
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    Great pictures Martin, and enjoyed watching the vid - some excellent 'fashback' moments

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    Quote Originally Posted by cankay.org.uk View Post
    Great pictures Martin, and enjoyed watching the vid - some excellent 'fashback' moments
    Damn he got me going in on the weir . Cheers for a great weekend Jon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyads View Post
    Damn he got me going in on the weir . Cheers for a great weekend Jon!
    but you were magnificent on the launch ramp!

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    I did feel so much better knowing you had also made a booboo in the weir
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    made a booboo in the weir
    didn't think it was that scary, or am I confusing booboo with poopoo?

    All the weirs are much better with (more) water on them!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cankay.org.uk View Post
    didn't think it was that scary, or am I confusing booboo with poopoo?

    All the weirs are much better with (more) water on them!.
    Booboo meaning error in this case Jon - must be a northern expression.

    Great pictures Martin, thanks for posting those.

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    Looks like a fantastic weekend, great fun.
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    That looks like it would have been a lot of fun!
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