Sunday, August 28, 2011

Good paddling in strong winds

After we left the North, the weather has been fair. Little rain, and some sun. Until today....
We got out of our moist sleeping bags at 06.00 in the morning. We had some wind and rain the day before, and were happy to see the sun drying our tent and tarp. We had a good long breakfast, consisting of oat porridge and tea. Everything was perfect......

At 08.00 we were seated in our kayaks, heading south-west into the beautiful archipelago.





We usually paddle 3x15 km. a day, on average. With two good breaks in-between, or so. Our first stop after 17 km. at a small harbor was great. As we went on, the fog came! we had 100 m. visibility, and did some small crossings between islands paddling real close to each other, trusting the compass completely. I sometimes get sea sick from paddling in fog, but when I had Bao Quoc in my sight it was O.K. Then came the rain.....

And then came the wind, and even more rain. The best thing was that the fog disappeared!


8 km. of paddling in gale force wind and strong rain took us to Sætervik. The old lighthouse in Buholmråsa was spectacular in this weather!! There is a sheltered harbor in Sætervik, and we figured out there might be some place to get shelter from the weather and take a break. There was not only a good harbor, but an open cafe and....an apartments for rent!!! We were served good coffee by the gentle couple who runs the place, and we agreed to stay for the night. We have had a good shower, washed some clothes by hand, and eaten a good meal.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is promising, and we are optimistic about venturing out early tomorrow morning...


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