This morning we were up by 7am rested and ready to leave as soon as the tide started to turn in our favour.
After a Tiger Fish dinner and an omelette breakfast we were sure that it would be a good day… We were wrong… It would seem that the wind gods, who ensured that the wind was always against us on the way up-river are now ensuring that it is also against us on the way back down-river, only now we aren’t in the big pirogue anymore but in a very low kayak… And not only does the wind make progress slower and harder, but it creates waves!
So today we paddled through our biggest waves yet and as I sit in the front that means that I broke them all for Grant, and the water hit me whilst he remained comfy and dry!
Despite an initial average speed of 8.1kmph, the wind soon reduced that and we only managed 35.2km in three stints (total: 4hrs35mins) and are currently approx 15km from Bansang which we hope to cover this evening once the tide is running in our favour again, but it all still depends on the wind.
On a brighter note, although we covered over 35km of hippo territory, we didn’t see one… But we did get followed along the banks by a lot of angry baboons and also passed a turtle!
Above is our current location – Total Distance covered to date 156.2km