Shannon : Source to Sea
In late summer 2014, I became part of a three-part team on a mission to raise a hell of a lot of money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. Trek for Parkinson’s, we call ourselves. This makes sense when you realise that my one of the three of us, my girlfriend’s sister Kate, will “trek” Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 as our final challenge. To raise our target amount, we began brainstorming fundraising plans. A whirlwind of ideas about bake sales and movie nights went on around me. I just sat there thinking - what the hell am I going to do?
My talents are fairly limited when it comes to the usual fundraising ideas. I can’t sing, I don’t like organising events and if I tried to bake stuff I’d probably just eat it all. But then I thought of something I could offer - something “not normal” as my mom puts it. I decided that with time on my hands, due to being out of work, I would set myself an endurance task.
My mind almost immediately came to the river Shannon. With my world cycling tour coming up the next year, I wanted to do something that did not include a bicycle. Something different. Ruth and myself bought each other kayaks a few years ago for Christmas and, other than the odd trip down the river back home and surfing waves at the beach, I never really got to use it properly. I had recently read an article on an online adventure website about a guy who used a SUP to travel 1000km down the Mississippi river. I could do something like that, I thought. And, sure, why not on the Shannon on my trusty kayak. So while the others planned their events, I set myself the task of kayaking the full length of the Shannon, 300-360km depending on what website you look up, in 10 days or under.
For those who want to read the full story of my experience. They can click on the link below the photos.
For those who want to read the full story of my experience. They can click on the link below.