Day 5: fatigue starting to show

We decided to do a night stint last might to make up some ground as the conditions were perfect. There was no wind and the water was like glass, a welcome change from recent choppy water. We got dangerously close to a few hippos though and nearly went straight over them! The support crew were surprised by our turn of pace! We finished our session at midnight and went straight to bed knowing we would need to be up and kayaking in about 6 hours!

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We woke up this morning slightly later than anticipated as we overslept slightly (only until 8am) due to our late night. The tide had already turned so we had to get straight out on the water but were delayed further by having to pick up more supplies from Bansang. Supplies onbalrd we headed out into a sever headwind which also created more dreaded waves. Once again Kamil was my wave breaker, but this time we started to take on water and we nearly had to use our spray decks.

Kamil the wave breaker...

Kamil the wave breaker...

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After our morning stint we knew we had a long afternoon ahead of us to make up time while we still had the tide, our next session was our longest yet. We managed to do 3 hours but we had more wind and the tide turned so we did not cover as much distance as we wanted. We passed more hippos but managed to keep at a safe distance this time, it’s a lot easier in daylight!

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We are starting to fatigue a bit now, we have now completed 26 hours and 45 minutes in the kayak covering 207.6km.

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Location Day 5

Location Day 5

As I am writing this I have just been told that we actually passed 9 hippos today not just the two that we actually saw! we will run the gauntlet once again tomorrow as we are still deep in hippo land.

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