esterday I left from Pinjarra boat ramp to paddle down to Cooleenup island where I was to camp overnight. The next day was to paddle from the island and into Mandurah.
I knew before I left that Sunday was going to be wet and I was ok with that, but I wasn't sure what the winds would be like.
Day 1: GPS Trace
You will note my phone lost contact a couple of times and straightlined my course but you get the idea.
Packing my boat at the ramp, I was surprised the room I had. Only having the back storage area, I needed to still try and balance out the load. I put a bunch of stuff in front of my rudder pedals and behind my seat in the cockpit.
The wind was up on the first day but for a lot of my paddle the wind did not touch the water, so it was fairly easy paddling.
I quickly caught up and passed a bunch of social paddlers that were only out for an short trip. After that I didn't see many others, but did come across two guys on the pedal kayaks fishing.
The wind started to affect me as I got close to Ravenswood and to my camping spot (probably approx 6kms).
Coming into Yunderup, I took a diversion to the tavern to buy some refreshing beers. It was approx 3kms to Cooleenup from the tavern.
Arriving at Cooleenup, to my horror, it said no camping. I was less than impressed. It had picnic tables and a toilet block.
Not to fear I crossed the Murray and camped on Meeyip Island.
During the night there were some drunken d!@ks blaring music and yelling and screaming. They were also purposely creating wake to annoy boaters camped on the river.
Couldn't sleep that well with the sore shoulders, but got some. Woke up at 0200 as the wind and rain came down. The wind got stronger and stronger. My tent was lucky not to blow away.
Asked my missus to come pick me up at Coodanup boat ramp as the winds were strong and head on and I wasn't going to be able to make it to Mandurah. Apparently by the time I landed winds were up to 39km/h with the highest gust hitting 57km/h.
I think the final paddle to Coodanup was only about 3kms.
All in all, I enjoyed myself, but now know that I want a full on sea kayak for touring. This should move quicker with less flex, whereby allowing me to travel further.
My name is Mark McIntosh, but everyone calls me Macr.