Boating and Elvis

It’s been a while but I managed to get out on some white water this weekend. This is a good thing as I’m off to Nepal in a couple of weeks for some multi-day river fun and I’m taking a new boat that until now I had only paddled on the rather sedentary waters of the Thames.

As there has been no sign of any rain for as long as I can remember a few of us from Kingfisher Canoe Club headed off to the Trywerrn in a last-ditch attempt to find moving water. And what a fun weekend it was, congratulations to Guy for his debut run on the big-T and taking all it could throw at him with a smile.

After the randomness of the last Saturday night I spent in Bala I thought that staying out-of-town would make for a quieter evening so we booked into the Goat Inn about 10 miles away. Obviously however it’s not just Bala that can provide copious entertainment; the lunacy spreads to the countryside as well. I can’t remember a combination quite like it ever before: A country pub, a wake and an Elvis impersonator all occurring with the shadow of a rugby match that Wales lost hanging over it. The beer and food was very good though.

By not cheering England or booing Scotland during their rugby match and just grunting when anyone spoke to us in Welsh we managed to not only enjoy the evening but get out in a fit enough state next day for a few more runs of the river. I did however balk at driving down Bala High Street playing Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory with windows wide open. So I kept them shut.

Anyway after all that the good news is that I seem to be able to paddle my new boat (a Pyranha Everest in case you were wondering) and would even go as far as to say that I think I prefer it to my old one*. Which is just as well really.

More pictures can be found by clicking HERE.

* Though I’m sure everyone will be shocked when I say it might even be heavier than the Solo.

One thought on “Boating and Elvis

  1. Simon – I didn’t think that it would be possible to get a heavier boat that your Solo. Maybe you are just out of practice? I suggest going for a walk with the Solo and then go for the same walk with the Everest – that should inform you which is heavier. If it is indeed the case that the Everest is heavier…. I feel sorry for you!

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