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    Default 1st Thursday of the month photo dump

    If you were looking on the 'meetings' page of this esteemed forum at the beginning of May, you will have notice that Mal suggested a paddle on the 1st Thursday of each month. For the first of these meets, I think, about ten of us turned up at Shalford Bridge for the Shalford to Guildford loop via the Navigation and River. There seems little point blogging the trip in the traditional Sotp way as this classic has featured many times on this forum. Suffice to say it involved easy paddling on the Wey Navigation, a bit of tree dodging on the River Wey after a short portage, followed by a stop on the meadows opposite St Catherine's Hill and then the return back, in the ever growing dusk, to the Parrot Inn near Shalford Bridge.
    Do check out Mal's map below for route details.

    So this a page for those who paddled on that, and possibly future Thursday nights, to show their photos, as many were taken, anyway here are mine.

    paddle-8 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    Sunglasses?

    paddle-10 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    It was one grey/green dusky evening


    paddle-13 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    The first tree on the river section was tacked without much problem.

    paddle-17 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    This is James and it was his first trip out with SoTP, maybe his first trip in a canoe, courteously tandem-ed by aannnddyy.

    paddle-27 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    The second tree was quiet low as the water level had risen due to rain, so some went over...

    paddle-29 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    Some just laid back (and thought of...?)

    paddle-31 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    and some did the snooker pose

    paddle-38 by yellowdoorphoto, on Flickr
    This is the nicest man on Sotp...Maj is walking so James can have his first solo paddle.

    After our stop in the meadows the return journey got a bit too dark for photos and anyway the pub was calling!

    '...you can led a horse to water but a pencil must be lead...' Stan Laurel

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    Looks like a good turnout and great paddle.

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    I'm not sure how to embed this nicely, but here's an animation of the GPS track:

    https://video.relive.cc/6771643111_e...5422543143.mp4

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    Great idea Andy, saves me writing (another) blog!

    One thing to note. Most people seem to have been called Andy.


    Here are a few of mine:



    The flotilla/fleet/Armada gathers







    Terry, talking and gesticulating and paddling. Special skills.







    Colin







    Pete and Julian







    Most of the crew







    James, first timer & relative of SOTP's Scottish contingent's Andy and Tracy, kindly offered a space by Andy. That's a confusing sentence.







    Off we go








    Andy-with-the-wrong-hat-on (FlatCapAndy)







    Andy. Another one (Barzi)


    RiffRaff weir was as pushy, boily, weird, and nasty as I've ever seen it, so we kept clear.







    Heading down the backwater around St Catherine's lock, one of my favourites. Just a mile from Guildford Town centre.















    First tree dodging.











    Second tree dodging






    Pensive Andy







    Third tree dodging












    Andy worried he won't escape the constant banter behind.






    Fourth, and most fun, tree dodging.



















    Can you identify these legs?










    Escape from the jungle






    After leaving the backwater, and with the light starting to fail already, we headed down to the meadows for a break. For some reason, I was the only one who brought stove and burgers. So everybody else had to wait for me to eat, starving and dribbling slightly. (them, not me!)












    James tried a bit of solo paddling for pretty much the first time.







    By the time we started back, it was dusk. Paddling back slowly with James, learning his J-stroke, we were treated to a lovely quiet paddle. Just before lock, dozens of bats, big 'uns, were flying around us, just wonderful.



    The return from the lock was quick and easy, and then after much faffing, half the party retired to the pub, whilst the rest made the mistake of going home early.

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    I will bring food the next time...and take my camera off the grime setting! Great photos Mal.
    '...you can led a horse to water but a pencil must be lead...' Stan Laurel

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    Looks like a great day out.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    Looks like a fab paddle. Great pictures and nice to see my brother in law James out on the water with the southern SOTP folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy View Post
    Looks like a fab paddle. Great pictures and nice to see my brother in law James out on the water with the southern SOTP folks
    He's now a seasoned solo paddler. Well for about 45 mins. None of this sea kayaking malarkey now

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    Looks like a nice "get-together". Come the summer, i will have to try and get down there.
    Simms ..

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