“Day 6: Speeding Up” by Kamil

This morning started as most have so far, wake up with the sunrise and wait for slack tide to get going. That came at around 9am and in our first paddle we managed just over 20km in 2hr15mins! We could straight away tell that the strength of the tide is increasing the closer we get to the Atlantic as our average speed is at an all time high.

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Off we go again :0)

Off we go again :0)

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After a short break, in which we wolfed down some carbs and an energy drink we were off again for another couple of hours. Passing the River Gambia National Park (around Baboon Islands) was much better than expected- we had been told about how many hippos we would encounter there, but we only saw one far in the distance. Perhaps it was the wind and choppy waters that kept them invisible, but it certainly made me feel better!

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Unfortunately, the faster and further we get down river the sooner we hit the next high tide making its way up the river. This means that we don’t get the typical 6hrs (ish) window of low tide, as a result we decided to take a short break before Deer and Pasri Islands (near Kudang) once our speed dropped significantly against the incoming tide. We have been relaxing and recuperating here for the last 6hrs and are now waiting for the tide to turn again to add some nighttime kilometres to the 38.4km we managed earlier.

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Dusk at Deer Island

Dusk at Deer Island

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Let’s pray that we do not have another late night hippo encounter because the last one was a bit close for comfort. Good news is that we have passed the main hippo areas already so hopefully we won’t see too many from here onwards!

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Location Day 6

Location Day 6

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Currently total: 246km paddled in 31hrs20mins (my arms, shoulders and back hurt!!)

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