As I posted in the meetings section a couple of days ago, the weather is too nice at present not to get the canoe out. Not only that, I wanted to put my new Explorer 15 through its paces, so a meeting was arranged.
The put in was at Westhay on the river Brue at 10am and I was joined by my kking buddy Chris, who in turn brought along his young friend Callum for his first paddle in a kk on local waters.
We were also joined by Hyperion (Matt) from Bristol with his Tarka fibreglass canoe. This was the first time I'd met him and what a pleasant fellow he is.
We set off around 10.30 am and headed down river with the intention of getting as far as we could before turning round and getting back to the start point by 4.pm.
There is no major story here, we just had a very pleasant paddle together in very fine conditions with a few stops to eat and drink.
Paddling weather doesn't get much better than this, in fact it was a bit too hot at times.
We paddled a total of 10.5 miles according to the Sports Tracker and I was knackered by the time I got home, but as always, it was worth it.
I took only a handful of pictures as I always find when paddling with Chris in his kk, that I'm always playing catch up.
Luckily he took many more than me which he will add on to this blog a bit later. He also took some video footage which he has tagged onto the original thread in the meetings section.
I make mention of my current thoughts of the Explorer in the review section if anyone is interested.
I was also impressed with the way that Matt made his Tarka move along with what appeared to be minimal effort. It's not a boat that gets any mention on here, but it was certainly up to yesterdays task.
Here's my few pics.
The put in
From the put in looking upstream
The new boat ready to go and awaiting the others
A view of Glastonbury tor taken into the sun. If you squint, you can just make it out and if you squint even harder you can just make out King Arthur waving at me
Heading down river
Lunch stop at the North Drain pumping station
Pumping station where we were accosted by an EA man who told us this was private land. He didn't pursue the matter when we explained what we were doing and we would leave the place as we found it.
Matt and Callum stuffing their faces
New canoe at the second stop
That's all from me folks, photos from Chris will follow hopefully and will better show what a lovely day we had together.