Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Back on the River

Last Friday I went to the Channel Four Comedy Gala at the O2, to get there we decided we'd head East via the River Thames rather than the Tube; the tube would be busy, hot and uncomfortable, the boat would provide a different view of London, a more comfortable seat and a nice cold beer!

Whilst on the boat I suddenly realised that the last time I'd been out on a river was last August, paddling the Mississippi. Since then I've walked, run, cycled, driven and flown past many a river but hadn't been out on one since paddling in to Memphis last summer after 1,120 miles on a Stand Up Paddleboard.

I loved being back on the river, admittedly on a much faster form of transport, but with a similar view as to that on the SUP. I've lived in London my whole life (22 years!) and had never seen Central and East London as I did from on the Thames on Friday; travelling past the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and HMS Ocean - stationed on the Thames for the Olympics! It was great, reminding me of why I had such an amazing time on the Mississippi.

The Comedy Gala was brilliant (you can catch it on Sunday night on Channel Four; look out for me in a black North Face t-shirt, I was filmed a lot!), but the lasting memory of last Friday was that I really must get back on a river soon - perhaps a canoe expedition? Who's keen?!


  1. I'd love to do a canoe expedition one day. really fancy canoeing or kayaking down the Caledonian Canal. It allows you to cross Scotland coast-to-coast, wild camping on the way. The only problem is that you either need to know what you're doing (conditions can get rough on the lochs) or go with a guide. If you go on an organised trip with a guide you're looking at £350-£550, for 4-5 days!

    I was due to take part in a charity canoeing/kayaking event last Sunday (19 miles from Leamington Spa, through Warwick and ending in Stratford-Upon-Avon) with someone from work but he ended up pulling out.

    Since he was the one with the canoe and paddle, there was no way I could do it. A bit disappointing!

  2. Funnily enough I've been wanting to do the Caledonian Canal for ages now! I've just never got my head around the logistics - it would be easier to paddle across then back again if you left a car or something at one end, rather than paddling across and having to get back on a train. Maybe this summer I'll find the time, and a canoe!

    1. I think some of the companies provide transport back to the start but if you wanted to do it yourself I don't know how you'd do it.


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