River Wye Recce Pt2
I didn’t quite get the flying start I was hoping for this morning. A double booking with the taxi service to get me up river meant that I couldn’t get on the water til gone 2.30pm. All things considered though I’m pleased with my progress; having covered roughly 35km. Somehow I managed to be convinced by the taxi driver to put in at Glasbury as it is easier. As a result I’ve added another 10km onto the expedition so I still have a further 97km to paddle!
First impressions of the Wye? A great canoeists river, at least at the this time of year. There are several shingle sections that require hopping out to push. I would imagine this could be quite frustrating in a kayak. Much of the river so far has been placid with some short sections of faster water. On most of the rapids the main consequence is grounding or dinging the boat. Both give sufficient cause to read the best lines and navigate the craft down through the safer water. All have been chilled out so far but they are a welcome break to pick up some speed.
There are plenty of other paddlers on the river, many hiring their boats from local tour companies. Slightly alarmingly the taxi driver said that it is very unusual to see solo canoeists. I find that surprising as it seems to be an excellent venue for it. One of the delights of being by yourself is the amount of wildlife you get to see as you are quiet enough not to scare it away. This evening I’ve seen plenty of fish, herons, ducks, deer and now in my bivi overlooking the river, horseshoe bats are circling and squeaking there sonic bug finder noise.
Shoulders hurt but generally feeling pretty good and really looking forward to tomorrow and what the river may have in store for me.