Last night I visited Tower Hamlets Canoe Club in London. The guys and girls were gathered there to go through their plans and learn a wee bit about navigation stuff and Ailien their jovial dutch organiser-in-chief invited me along to do a short presentation on my planning for the journey so far.
I’ve been pretty busy with work and as a result when I arrived at Shadwell Basin to present ‘the project’ I was woefully unprepared (aside from my collection of laminated 1:50,000 and 1:100,000 maps of the West of Scotland).
At least that’s one way to look at it. The other point of view is that what followed was an informal session where I answered a fairly constant stream of interested questions that probably covered most of the aspects of where this proposed kayaking journey has taken me already. There is no point in me defining the Q&A session, suffice to say that it is already documented in this blog.
What I think is very much worth sharing is the general positivity that I felt from sharing a room with like-minded people who are at different stages of realising their own paddling dreams, goals and aspirations in whatever form they may take. One of them Mikael, recently did a nifty Ne’erday circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight.
They were a entertaining and varied bunch. This is why I love paddling.