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    I thought I'd try my hand at a live blogg. I decided last minute to mark the longest day with a longish paddle. I set off at 8pm last night from Rockland Broad in Norfolk and found a local spot to wild camp.

    I then got up at 3.30am and was on the water at 4.30 ready for the first rays of sun. So far I've seen marsh harriers quartering the reed beds and had a wonderful encounter with a pair of otters, one of which snorted at me before diving away.

    I've planned to paddle to my favourite pub in the world, the Locks at Geldeston. It's 26.5 miles and I'm hoping I've got the tides right or it will be a struggle. It also involves large sections that I've never paddles so I'm excited to see what is there.

    So far so, good. It's 6.25am and I'm at cantely sugar factory. Conditions are perfect.

    Catch you later,

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    Truly the early bird, you're getting great weather for the longest day.

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    Nice one

    "Live blog". Also known as "I'm going to make you all green with envy blog". (A bit like some of my Facebook posts ). Have a great day mate.
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    Cheers guys!

    Blogg update.

    9.40am somewhere near St Olaves. Making pretty good time but stopped for a brew and a leg stretch, nether of which I bothered to schedule. Oh well, see how far I get.

    So far I've paddle 11 of the 26.5 miles and it really is perfect. The little birds in the reeds have been most vocal and ive Yardley seen a soul. First active boat on the river was the chain ferry.

    The tidal speed really picked up after Cantely and I got down to Reedham bang on time. I thought it would have been slack water but it was still racing away beneath the swing bridge, which added some interest. Next was the dreaded New Cut. 2.4 miles of unwavering straightness. Not sure this twisted soul could cope, but actually it was a blast as the wind was at my back. Luck this can't hold out!

    I Heath Robinson'd a make shift sail from a DD magic carpet. I think my design needs some work but every little helps.

    Catch you later,

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    Nice Reed Bunting.

    Reed warblers probably making more of the noise though.
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    AHH, that's a bunting, cheers! I guess the warblers are the smaller more warbley ones!

    Tail wind has been replaced with head wind and I've no idea where I am. Anyway, still beats being at work!

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    12.15 update. Arrived at waveney river centre after some windy miles. Knees starting to protest so having another leg stretch.

    The last section was good on the wildlife front with sightings of marsh harrier, kestrel and barn owl. Also, dragon flies occasionally spotted braving the wind.

    Next section to beccles is 7.5 miles, and I estimated my speed at 2.5mph. Don't think it's likely with this head wind but anythings possible.

    I came up with this plan after several glasses of wine. They say always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. This'll teach me to keep my mouth shut!

    Anyway, onwards and upwindwards!

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    Okay 14.15 update. All good on the eastern front. I believe I'm about 3 miles from Beccles, which would get me there at this rate at for about 4pm. This then sees me getting to the beer at the end of the rainbow for around 6pm which would be pretty excellent. That is off course, as long as I don't lose the bounce in my bungee, but right now there's plenty left in the tank.

    The river has narrowed a little and is more sheltered. Occasionally breezy, but mostly a lazy lazy river in the noon day sun.

    Lots of white fluff from the willows drifting along. It's quite handy to spot faster bits.

    I saw my first kingfisher of the day and some kind of white heron. Bigger than a little egret. Perhaps just a regular egret? No photo though so probably never happened, lol.

    Back to paddling!

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    Looks like a fantastic day following your thread ,seeing so much nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Eye View Post
    Looks like a fantastic day following your thread ,seeing so much nature.
    Thanks Red Eye! Yeah, it's a blast.

    15.45 update. Arrived in Beccles early!

    It's been a loafly loaf into Beccles. I thought I was really early but the reeds were covering up the 2.5 miles to go part of the sign.


    Thrilled to bits being ahead of schedule. Going to spend some time drinking a beer and working on sail modifications! Watch this space!!

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    Sail mods complete. Next stop the Lock Inn. If my new sail doesn't drown me!?



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    Looks like a brilliant day. What's the sailboat in the 14.15 update, it looks lovely?

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    A most enjoyable blog, well done. Some very nice pics in there.
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    I am tired just keeping up with it. Please get to the pub quickly so I can have a drink. Great idea for a blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gdd View Post
    I am tired just keeping up with it. Please get to the pub quickly so I can have a drink. Great idea for a blog.

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    Cheers, you're encouragement got me over the line!

    18.15 update. Pub reached! Looks as crazy as ever, although turns out there having a wedding function. Beers nice, anyway!

    Wind dropped off so mark 3 sail not yet tested.

    Thanks for joining me on my journey.

    Cheers,

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    Lovely skies leaving the pub. Should be a video to follow at some point.

    Regards,

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    Great stuff. I had thought about a paddle to mark the longest day but logistics meant it had to be put off till next Friday. I do often find myself considering a live blogg but my trips are usually too short to justify it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonefish Blues View Post
    Looks like a brilliant day. What's the sailboat in the 14.15 update, it looks lovely?
    Hi Bonefish,

    I think it's a broads cruiser. There's a bunch of them and sometimes they're out racing. It's great too see, it often looks like they're sailing across the fields.
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    Yes, I had a squint around some Google images out of curiosity and saw quite a variety of sailing craft, all lovely.

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    Great stuff ...... far too energetic for me but well done to you.
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    Glad you had a good day. A good old distance that.

    Think ours was the shortest paddle on the longest day! Well, a couple of hours. Lovely sunset though, with firebox burgers and accompaniment from Jim on the guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Great stuff ...... far too energetic for me but well done to you.
    Cheers Dick,

    I think you’re ditch ninja-ing looks pretty active to me. At least I constrain my canoe to 2 dimensions!


    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Glad you had a good day. A good old distance that.

    Think ours was the shortest paddle on the longest day! Well, a couple of hours. Lovely sunset though, with firebox burgers and accompaniment from Jim on the guitar.
    Hi Mal,

    those facebook pictures are amazing, looked like you’re all on safari! I did Mexican firebox burgers and ukulele on the Thursday night, but hadn’t thought about live blogging it at that point. So you guys didn’t overnight? Paddling with friends is great, but it’s also nice to go solo sometimes. It really hits the reset button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadsman View Post
    Hi Mal,

    those facebook pictures are amazing, looked like you’re all on safari! I did Mexican firebox burgers and ukulele on the Thursday night, but hadn’t thought about live blogging it at that point. So you guys didn’t overnight? Paddling with friends is great, but it’s also nice to go solo sometimes. It really hits the reset button.

    Robin
    Cheers mate. Haven't done a solo overnight for a few months now, but agree they have their own special feeling. We didn't camp this time, due to having to get up and head to Poole Harbour early the next day. Probably should have done it anyway, and then headed down, as the planned Sat night camp didn't happen either due to conditions and energy levels! An excellent day though.
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    What a brilliant idea for a blog and trip. Really enjoyed that, well done.
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    Wow ! Fantastic. I've paddled on most parts of your journey but never all at once.

    You have inspired me.

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    Cheers dalek,

    i keep meaning to do some of the wensum I recall you blogging. Up for an evening paddle if it suits sometime?

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    Here’s the video of my longish paddle from Rockland St Mary to the Geldeston Locks. Highlights include not being eaten by the Norfolk Puma and a rare sighting of the mysterious city of gold. The musical accompaniment is myself on the ukulele, so once again points for anyone who can identify a tune!

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    Thoroughly enjoyed that. The uke is the perfect instrument for the soundtrack.

    When you started singing I was instantly transported back to the biggish meet.

    Great video.
    Big Al.

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    Nice video, one of the rare one's I actually watched to the end .
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    Now that's a nice little video. As Tim says, watched it all the way through without fast forwarding anything, and I'm now wondering when I can get back on the water at sunrise again.

    The Uke music suits it perfectly, and the shots around sunrise were wonderful.
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys. Hopefully see you all on the water sometime soon.

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