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Stories of (interesting, funny, bad, sad, happy, etc.) things that have happened while paddling. Post your links to your blogs as well.

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Timbo
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Close to home

Post by Timbo » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:52 pm

Finally got the chance to spend a lazy afternoon paddling a river about 15 min drive from our home in the east of Holland , close to the german border.
At last my wifes day off coincided with warm dry weather in what seems to
be turning out to be one of the wettest summers for years.
It was so peaceful paddling through farmland with the sun shining through
the morning mist , and the water as smooth as glass , with some really
close encounters with various cows horses and sheep grazing the banks
just a couple of meters away ,not to mention complete duck families and
other water fowl.
A bit like being in the middle of one of those old dutch landscape paintings.
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sonar
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Post by sonar » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:10 pm

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Timbo
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Post by Timbo » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:38 pm

Most rivers in Holland go through towns ,villages or cities and there were
and still are some villages in the North and Southwest , where the only link is by ferry or pont.
The river we were on is a very old ,natural one originally used for transporting goods as early as the Roman occupation ,called the Old Ijssel ((pronounced ayzel) , which begins at Raesfeld in Germany and , because of the weirs the upper reaches we paddled are used almost exclusively by kayakers and canoeists.
The river later joins the newer stretch of the Ijssel heading north , part of which was dug under the Roman general Drusus around 12BC linking the Rhine (the river on the map running just south and parallel ) with whats now known as the Ijsselmeer (that large expanse of water in the centre of the country) and before that the Zuiderzee ,which up to 1932 before the building of a levy/causway linking the northern tips of a then cresent shaped Holland , was open sea , ..next stop Denmark!
This all being part of the sea defence plan against storm surge floods.

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You can paddle just about anywhere here ,although i would`nt fancy one of the larger rivers at the moment , because of heavy barge traffic and currents and whirlpools, but this is really only limited to the Rhine an Waal
which have always been busy and there are many hundreds of km to choose from.
We live in a village in the east , about 3 km from the German border , so nice
and peaceful , but looking forward to a trip north to Friesland , lots
of big lakes linked by rivers .
The kayak pulled to the right hardly at all this time , although when we
checked the backbone position afterwards whilst packing up , the front end had slipped to the right a little which is probably why there was still
a slight tendency to slowly head for the reeds!
We are growing to love it a bit more every time we use it and being a tandem, has a high average speed too , just flies along with very little
effort once its most efficient hull speed is reached.
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Post by Joan » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:03 am

Lovely photos!!! Yes, they definitely look like they should be painted. Thanks for sharing them.

diemonde
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Post by diemonde » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:25 am

Sonar: what's the deal with that? 4%, gee. Your always welcome to visit Holland.

Timbo: if you ever go paddling in the BiesBosch or near Rotterdam, let me know. Also a great route: visit Amersfoort with kayak. You can find a nice route on kanokaart.nl. It's a great combination of nature and culture.

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sonar
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Post by sonar » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:34 am

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Timbo
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Post by Timbo » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:40 am

Thats not a lot... :cry:
No wonder their rioting.
Lets just hope with recent political climate that they cut back the
number of water police by at least half!
Anarchy at 50+ ? :x

diemonde: Shall do .
Thanks ,we were planning to paddle in the Gelderse Vallei in the future and now know exactly which route to take first.

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