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Half Day & Relaxing with the Scranneys!
Saturday, March 22, 2008

We fancied a day off today after working hard the last 4 days to get round the top of the West coast, and the forecast warned of a strong easterly wind this afternoon which would be a headwind as we paddled East. But when we arrived in Kaiteriteri last night we were a bit blown away by the dozen or more boats moored up in the beautiful sandy beach and the wall-to-wall campervans and tents in the campsite which took up half of the beach front. It's a bank holiday weekend and there were hoards of people everywhere. Despite it being a beautiful spot we didn't want to spend a day in that environment so we camped on top of the beach last night and got up at 5.30am to make an early dart Eastwards across the Bay. By 8.30am, the easterly had kicked in ( which isn't afternoon as far as I'm aware!!) and I was questioning our decision. But we were drawn onwards by the promise of a bed, a shower, some food, beer and a solar heated swimming pool from David & Alice Scranney near Pepin Island on the other side of the bay!! Dave's a kayaker and he & Alice moved over from South Wales nearly a year ago. Fortunately the easterly died away after a couple of hours and it wasn't too arduous a paddle! It was 'only' 34km, and it was lovely to land before noon. We've had a great afternoon relaxing, washing our kit and eating, and we have a seafood chowder and homemade cheesecake to look forward to tonight!!

ROUGHING IT IN NEW ZEALAND! ( David & Alice with Barry & I )


Blogger Sarah said...

Well done you two. I can just imagine the chaos at Kaiteriteri after the solitary journey up the West Coast. You sure picked a busy time to be in kayaksville. In fact, you are going so quickly that maybe you should consider "popping over to Wellington" to say hi as you are passing! It is looking like our Adventure Heroes interview will finally go live this coming Friday 28th (NZ time from 2-3pm). So if you are in cell phone contact around 2:45 then I might get hold of you. Until then - enjoy!

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Blogger the old folks at home said...

That was a nice comment Ken sent Barry, how much did you pay him for that.Hope you and Justine have a nice Easter. We're looking forward to hearing your interview with Sarah. Love from the old folk xx

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