Sun 16/03-2014 Day 626

Last camp on a river before leaving the Amazon!


Prefer to round the point tomorrow
Pos: here
Loc: Southern end of Amazon
Acc: tent
Dist: 29.1 km
Start: 7.05 End: 13:10

The way back to the river felt not as bad as on arrival, as my feet had healed a bit over night. Still no pleasure to walk.The river was also  higher, and I could paddle out with no problem. It rained only a little, just some headwind. I got escorted again by a bunch of pink dolphins, lovely! Always a good sign.

I was wondering a bit how to round the point into the Rio Para, as there must be somewhere quite some rough water where the two currents will meet. The chart showed a wide sand bank around the point, no idea how shallow or even dry this would be on low tide!  In front of me now was also a wide dry sandbank to get around. It was eventually 2 hrs before low tide when I rather decided to leave this part for tomorrow and to go in on a shallow river leading to some yellow higher and probably dry sand. The last bit I was walking in the river to drag my kayak as close to the dry spot as possible.

I carried my two gear bags up the beach, my sore feet feeling horrible again as it was partly ankle deep mud on the solid sand. After putting up my tent, I saw a fishing boat sitting dry a bit further on, and three guys. They may be able to help me dragging my kayak? Perfect, it was a friendly father just salting his last catch of fish and two teenage sons somewhat
hanging out without work. The 15 and 17 year old were easy to convince to be my “hombres fortes” and they were dragging the kayak faster up the muddy shore than I was able to walk behind on my sore feet! Obrigada! I gave the some sweets, and happily fell into my tent, suffering the burning drying sores and itching skin all over the rest of my body. Time to have a break!

It was full moon, and many many larger fishing boats were out here at the tip between the banks to find a good catch in the light night. Means also any time people may be walking up to my tent, just like those other three guys cutting wood for their cook fires off the bushes behind my tent. But no serious disturbance after that, just a few engines on the water and lights every where.

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Good to know that you are meeting plenty friendly people in this area,hopefully only the friendly. Its good they are so willing to help when they can.Rest well.Safe Paddling

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