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    Default River Tweed Trip Sunday 04 March 2012

    Well better get the blogg done then!! Put in was as described here

    0930 start, so as it's always good to get there early had me leaving chateau chainsaw at about 0730 giving me a full 2 hours to get there. As it was I'm glad I gave myself a little extra time as the weather on the way over wasn't promising!



    Thankfully this was mainly on the high ground and by the time we got to the put in it there was no snow but just a little chilly.

    Put in was a very nice spot, looking up stream



    and down



    We got the shuttle done, the beauty of a 7 seater means you can leave a load of cars down at the take out which was good as we had 13 people in 11 boats, 3 of which were female, just to offset the old boys club discussion

    The majority of us put in downstream of the first riffle, only the hardcore launched and ran it We also had our first swim of the day, no photos as I was on the shuttle

    After a couple of hours we were all on the water and underway, impressive flotilla of boats with Alan, Roy in the yellow peril, Mick and Jess



    Nick, Allison, Sue and Mojo...



    Mitch and Alan



    And some weird kkers kept following us Jac, Steve and Haggis



    first of the many really nice bridges;



    Nick in the wrong seat



    Mojo not paddling, I don't think he paddled at all the whole trip



    Jess, Tik, Mick and Tok



    Ach someone pretending to paddle cos he sees the camera



    Crofty who had dried off by now....



    Mitch having a wee play,



    We stopped for lunch here, cant remember the name of the place but I'm sure someone can enlighten us



    There was some talk about running it but apathy took over and we had lunch and a play instead.



    Nick in for a play



    some video of mitch surfing. It was here that he sent another Ainsworth to it's grave....





    Cruising past the Eildon hills (how's that for a badly framed shot!!)



    Flotilla approaching the 3 bridges just before the takeout



    I'm sure that middle column is squint...



    As I said some nice bridges



    And out came the sun, slightly later than forecast but very welcome... ooh look Allison has changed her clothes....



    Thanks for organizing this Mitch and thanks everyone for their company, a very nice day on a very nice river. Be nice to be back when the sun's out and the leaves are out too.
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    Cheers,

    Alan


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    Nice blogg, thanks! I'd love to have come up for this but at 4hrs it's just too far to do it in one day.

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    Thanks for blogg and photos Alan
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    It was a great day and I have a lot to learn but Alan I didn't think I was that dangerous "yellow peril"

    Roy

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    Looks like a really nice paddle. Glad you folks had fun.
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    Melrose Cauld was the surf spot - good to see Mitch remembering how to surf

    Look a good day and it's a lovely stretch of river.

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    It can be hard gettin' yer Mojo workin', but he was following the new "cab forward" paddling style!

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    Great Blog
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    Quote Originally Posted by bod2313 View Post
    It was a great day and I have a lot to learn but Alan I didn't think I was that dangerous "yellow peril"

    Roy
    Not at all fella, you were hitting some great lines for your first time on a river.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Seagroatt View Post
    Melrose Cauld was the surf spot - good to see Mitch remembering how to surf
    Thanks Alastair, I thought it was but wasn't sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by ezwater View Post
    It can be hard gettin' yer Mojo workin', but he was following the new "cab forward" paddling style!
    ez... <groan>
    Cheers,

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    Looked like a good day out.Enjoyable blogg.

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    Looks like you all had a great day, shame I couldn't make it! Lovely blogging Alan, thanks
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    Nice wee blogg Alan
    Many thanks to everyone for a really good turn out and making it a great day on the water. Well done to the new paddlers Alison, Sue , mojo and Roy.

    Good to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones too. Not to forget Tick and Tock too. We will have to organise another paddle sometime soon on an upper section of the Tweed.
    I might also have to put Crofty out of his misery and take him down the Teviot
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    Not paddled the Teviot, Mitch - any good ?

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    Just another thank you to Mitch for organising the trip & giving me the opportunity to paddle a wonderful section of the Tweed with some nice people off The song of the paddle .

    Looking forward to the next one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Seagroatt View Post
    Melrose Cauld was the surf spot - good to see Mitch remembering how to surf

    Look a good day and it's a lovely stretch of river.
    Its just like riding a bike!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Seagroatt View Post
    Not paddled the Teviot, Mitch - any good ?
    I will give you a shout for a mid week paddle when the levels are a bit higher. The section above Hawick to the 10 ton bridge is a great wee run. From Harestaines or the Teviot Smokery to Kelso is a nice run too.
    Mitch

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    Hi all,
    Thanks for another grand day out, paddling seems to tire the ...... lots, haven't figured that one out yet as Tok didn't touch a paddle all day.......
    It was good to catch up with old mates and nice to paddle with new ones
    Jess has some pics to upload (soon I hope)
    Thanks again Mitch

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    Looks like a good day out had by all sorry to have missed it he ho will watch out for next one cheers Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by modern womble View Post
    Looks like a good day out had by all sorry to have missed it he ho will watch out for next one cheers Jim
    Ok Jim
    Might be looking at an upper tweed trip in a couple of weeks time. I will keep you posted
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    Looks like a lovely trip.

    I hope to be free from work when you next go out for a play....fingers crossed!

    Al

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    Got round to posting a vid of our trip in August - http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...surfing+safari, you'll recognise the rapids no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    Ok Jim
    Might be looking at an upper tweed trip in a couple of weeks time. I will keep you posted
    Mitch

    I want to join you on the next trip.......but just wondered what this section is like for a man of limited abilities like my good self ?

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyNoleen View Post
    Mitch

    I want to join you on the next trip.......but just wondered what this section is like for a man of limited abilities like my good self ?

    Alan
    Excellent as the 'exciting' bits are fairly condensed and not too hard if you're going straight down. The Cauld at Melrose is usually portaged or lined anyway, unless the river's higher and you're daft enough. It's a beautiful section of the Tweed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Seagroatt View Post
    Excellent as the 'exciting' bits are fairly condensed and not too hard if you're going straight down. The Cauld at Melrose is usually portaged or lined anyway, unless the river's higher and you're daft enough. It's a beautiful section of the Tweed too.
    Thanks for that Alastair, sounds like something I can do.........and as self preservation is high on my list of priorities I will portage the Cauld.

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    Great blogg, great action and pics! Its amazing how many ways we can use these fantastic boats! I say that after seeing the very different bloggs from this weekend. Thanks for the ride! TB
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    Well done Alastair another fine production. It highlights some of the wee play spots on the River Tweed between Fernilee and Dryburgh.



    Mitch

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    Marvellous vid clip Mr Seagroatt ! Thouroughly enjoyed watching it!!! Thanks
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