Day #349 – Alistair’s Maiden Voyage

Trad: 9 Puzzle: 4 Event: 1
Walked: 2.9 miles

What a grand day out! Having bombed on floating Boaty for the first time a few days ago in Sussex, I spotted another Boat Only event at Fotheringhay, near Peterborough, slated for today. Hasty plans were hatched, encouragement offered to Infinson to finally pull his finger out and buy a kayak, and it was agreed that Team Essex would convene for the do at the Event waypoint.

Alistair and I arrived at about 10:30 to lashing rain. We sat in the car for half an hour to let it pass, which it did eventually. While we were there, another car pulled up and we noticed a huge blue chum for Shifty sitting on the back shelf! They made friends quickly.

Shifty Makes A Friend
Shifty Makes A Friend

Infinson and Fincache had parked some way off and arrived in their shiny new Challenger K2, with Ian sitting in State at the back while Ryan did all the work!

Infinson & Fincache
Infinson & Fincache

Once Boaty was inflated, Shifty took the back seat, I got into the middle and Alistair was Stroke at the front. We set off with the others to find the boat only caches and sign the boat only log.

Boaty McBoat Face Afloat!
Boaty McBoat Face Afloat!

It was great fun paddling along the river, with a few stops from time to time, to frisk the overhanging trees.

Where Is It?
Where Is It?

Ryan got this one!

Got It!
Got It!

Alistair took hold of the GoPro for a while, just to prove that I was working hard at the back!

Making Progress
Making Progress

There was a soggy log at one or two, but a photo log would suffice here.

Alistair Shows Off The Cache
Alistair Shows Off The Cache

There were several puzzle caches which we had solved – this one was technically missing a log book, but the CO was kind enough to let us claim the find as we were in the right place.

Ramming Speed?
Ramming Speed?

A few of the locations were a bit overgrown! Got this one in the end, having shoved the kayak as far in as we dared.

Up The Creek Without A Paddle
Up The Creek Without A Paddle

Ian and Ryan had no trouble finding this one, but it took ages to put it back again.

Almost Run Aground
Almost Run Aground

Half of Team Essex went back to their car past the lock, but we paddled back to the event location to dry out the kayak and have our picnic. It was a great gathering on the banks.

Post Paddle Picnic
Post Paddle Picnic

We met up with Ian and Ryan again in Elton to bag a few more in the village. Shifty and Mr Duck spotted a very appropriately named street – I think they want to move here!

The Perfect Place
The Perfect Place

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