Day 7: Good tide, Good times! By Grant

We did an evening stint last night and did a further 13km taking our total yesterday to 51.5km. There was a strong wind and the waves were up but the tide was flowing strong. We hit our fastest speeds yet.

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We woke up today and hit the water by 8am. We did two stints with only a small gap in between so we managed to do 38.3km by 12:05 with an average speed of 10kmph, our fastest average yet. As we get closer to the coast the tide is getting stronger, which is good news!

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Sun over the river Gambia

Sun over the river Gambia

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Today we had the best conditions yet with calm waters and no wind. It was a welcome change from recent days.

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Location Day 7

Location Day 7

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By last night we had run out of ice and food was starting to go off. We managed to get some brought to Kaur so we dispatched Mark’s small boat to pick it up. It’s nice to have cold water again. We have started to move into salt water now so water on the boat for washing is going to be in short supply as we will no longer be able to fill up the tanks from the river.

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We are going to do another stint this evening and hope to go over 50km in a single day for the first time. The tide times are starting to work well for us now, allowing us to do one early stint and an evening session avoiding the hottest part of the day. It allows us to have some much needed downtime and enjoy the weather and water. We had a good laugh on the boat this afternoon, jumping off the boat and enjoying each others company. We have a good group of guys on the boat so the banter was good keeping spirits high. All that was missing was a nice cold beer, but we will look forward to that at the finish line!

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Good times this afternoon

Good times this afternoon

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Tonight’s dinner. 2.5kg captain fish.

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One Response to Day 7: Good tide, Good times! By Grant

  1. Sam Roberts says:

    Go go go guys, you’re smashing it! Great to see the Arsenal shorts in effect, have got a ticket to the Man City game on Sunday, I’m crossing everything for a win…

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