October 31, 2005
On the River - update from Kenny
LOCATION: River Hari, Sumatra
NAUTICAL MILES TODAY: 15
NAUTICAL MILES YESTERDAY:0
NAUTICAL MILES TOTAL TRIP:
Made it on to and into the river at last. We'd arrived up at Jebus, on the Hari River, last night and started packing the boats with the earnest intention of getting out of town and having a few hours of paddling before setting up camp. But, we hadn't really factored in the whole Monsoon thing. Just when all our stuff was out on a jetty (actually someone's toilet jetty) the heavens opened for about 3 hours solid and we had to retreat to some kind Indonesian's veranda before sleeping in the local police station with the kayaks moored up outside.
This morning myself and Phil had our first taste of kayaking: paddling downstream in the wide, slow moving river in the double - perfect. Not too tiring, not too hot - just watching the world go by from the comfort our new heavily laden home: a few monkeys, couple of herons, a few fishermen, kids washing and the sounds of villages back in the forest. Don't know what Jason has been moaning about all these years. It only got a liitle tricky when Phil got a few jumping spiders in his cockpit from the trees overhead and then when a paddle drifted off when we stopped to stretch our legs. After a tense, eye straining mile or so, it was spotted over 2 miles downstream.
Now made camp and heading for the coast tomorrow.
Posted on October 31, 2005 1:51 PM
Jumping spiders? You should wear special bug hut hats. I hear they're quite comfy and stylish. - Regan
Posted by: Regan Morris at October 31, 2005 5:11 PM