Highlights: Beautiful small river paddle
Lowlights: Went a wrong channel for a while
Launch: River beach
Landing: River beach
Dist: 49,5 km
Start: 6:45 End: 16:40
This night had a real thunderstorm with all components- rain, wind, thunder and lightnings. Besides the small fruits falling on my tent and boat I was fine and cozy inside.
The surf noise was threatening on the first kilometers of paddling, I think the small narrow next exit would be the worst. Glad I have one more and much wider option. I was passing the real cute village of Ariri, just a pity I can’t stop everywhere to explore. One single motorboat was overtaking me on the next way through a smaller river, later I was wondering if and how it was passing the many shallows in the wide bay after the next village? The river in between was real beautiful, changing in it’s banks all the time.At some point it was even a small narrow canyon, probably having only relatively recently broken through here. I was occasionally wondering if I was still on the right way, as my chart didn’t show any connection here. But all was ok.
I passed another just charming river village with no road access, I am wondering once more what people are living on here. The wide bay following was so shallow I occasionally got stuck here and there, but before it happened fully, I could push myself out and away. Scary, two hours before low tide! I really didn’t like to sit here and wait for the water rising again for hours in the wind still heat. One more village to pass, then I made a mistake to follow a fishing boat into a wrong entry. I can’t expect they are always going from one village to the next, rather doing their business in a remote channel…? I soon noticed my error, after I had some hope fora while to hit a large channel again!
The next try was correct, I spotted the last village of the day where I got a spot to put up my tent near by a house.