Paddles with an Anas acuta...... unashamedly biased toward the sea kayak of that name (actually the voyages of two boats, one 'traffic over gold', one 'quill')

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Charente II, La Charente river

Paddling from Rochefort we took the falling tide downriver past a storybook style fort.

Our problem was where to land; water ankle deep miles from land, the wind was gusting 6, lashing rain; the shore of a mud which would make Emsworth look like firm sand; the water full of modern and ancient oyster beds invisible in the grey water, just ready to punch a hole in your boat.

Eventually we found a place just below the lowest HGV busy on the oyster beds.

Something surreal about lunch miles from land and in the middle of a traffic jam.

Every picture tells a story, it was a long paddle in demanding conditions.
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