What a lust to paddle today! Feeling well rested after NO internet and phone acces last night, fell asleep at 8.30 pm alst night. Moderate following winds, low seas, waves in the right distance…if I would have had an empty boat, I would have done 100 km and more. But the boat is still heavy, and surfing costs energy. Still a great paddling day!
Most important thing is: Feeling comfortable! Then you’re feeling safe, and perform well…for me it is to be not too hot on paddling and nothing is rubbing in my skin, being wet allover all day.
So as I am wearing already ashore mostly my silky sleeping bag liner dress (yes, it was really one!), and my sleeping bag is lined with silk anyway, this fabric is the only one which feels good to my all day badly treated skin.
So why not wearing in the boat my silky Pareo instead of my nylon boarder’s pants? It can only be good, nothing itching and pinching to my backside and bottom part…
Bingo! I could use my legs more again on paddling a good style, as pressing on the backrest didn’t hurt my sore skin anymore…I did paddle topless for some hours already on other days, but today I paddled like that almost all day! Good sunscreen on, and my skin loves it! It turnes nicely tanned over those hours, no sunburn…to apply sunscreen frequently without having greasy fingers on the paddle just use a ziplock bag as a glove…and don’t touch yourself anywhere :-)) I had another piece of a black silky scarf handy, just in case a curious fishing boat came too close…this may be my paddling outfit for the next months! Perfect.
I noted on my map the Nambucca River Bar was a bad one according to PC’s book…and approaching it on an almost no swell day looked scary enough.
So I chickened out for that and kept on paddling north…just around the corner was the nice Shelley Beach with moderate surf and enough facilities to make me happy! I noted something like that on my map from Paul’s book as well, but couldn’t read it anymore…but my gut feeling took me right. Freshwater shower (the “cold” ones here are never really feeling cold…), picnic bench, grass, nobody around anymore, no rain, warm evening…what else do I need? Well, NO internet…I felt the urgent need to pull out my mobile office and to update my blog…chores on a trip like this…
Ihhhhhhhhhh! A 5 cm big spider was hiding in my sprayskirt I was hanging to dry!!! I almost stuffed them both in my tent!!! Ihhhhhhhhh bäh!!!!!
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30.38 153.01 Nambucca Heads, 80 km, 11 hrs, nothing on than Tevas, headgear and sunscreen for 60 km, occasionally covered by two pieces of black silky cloth mostly no spraydeck