Well that went well!
As you can tell from the photo I will be attempting to do the Shannon river kayak in aid of Parkinsons on a sit-on-top kayak. Not chosen by most, due to its weight, slower speed and the obvious fact that it's open. Despite this, I decided to use this style kayak due to two things. One, it's mine so I had it on hand and two, I was unable to source another. Simple really!
This test was just to check out how the kayak handled when fully loaded with all the gear I'll be bringing with me on the trip. I have clocked up a fair few hours on my kayak at this stage but that has all been without any luggage on board. So, I was keen to test it out before the set off date to get a feel for how it'll handle with the extra weight. We chose a windy day so there'd be a headwind and some waves in the sea to emulate a bad day's weather on the larger lakes I'll be passing through.
The good news is that bar the kayak being slower than when unloaded (obvius enough I know) all went well in the test. The kayak handled the waves very well and didn't compromise the handling to much.
To celebrate the success I treated myleft to a quick kayak around Wexford town harbour. Despite the sometimes strong current beneth the bridge it is always a plaeasure to paddle around the pier. I always feel like I'm James Bond sneekely moving alongside and between the large fishing ships when I'm in there. It's the the simple things. As luck would have it thought the tide was in so I wasn't able to go underneathe the railway tracks as the gap was to small as you can see in the first of the small pictures.
But all in all teas a good day all round and if the test is anything to go by the trip should be grand. I know I'm gona regret saying that at some point.
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry