Belgium: The highs and lows
From England to Belgium, via France
Our first week in Belgium has certainly proven to be a mixed bag.
We paddled across the border on a quiet, calm Sunday, alone on the water except for the occasional school of ducklings. For once, there were no fishermen or barges to avoid. We finished our first day in Belgium in the sanctuary of our tent, tucked away in a leafy forest, the evening sunlight casting dappled patterns on the roof of our canvas home. The peace and solitude of that day lulled us into a false sense of what was to come over the subsequent days...
Let the paddle begin
Bonjour from the French-Belgian border!
After a week of waiting for the weather to clear up enough for us to attempt the Channel crossing, last Friday we were finally able to cross from Folkestone to Calais. The wait was well worth it as we were rewarded with one of the calmest days the support crew has ever seen. The sea was completely flat and glassy, blue sky and sunshine above us, while the horizon was too hazy to differentiate between sea and sky, let alone see France on the other side. It created the illusion that we were paddling into a vast expanse of nothingness, something we were both very happy about...
Come and wave us off!
Westminster Bridge to the English Channel
The first leg of our expedition from Westminster Bridge to the English Channel is officially complete!
Day one started during the early hours of the Saturday morning as we’d been invited in to BBC Radio London for a quick chat before we set off. We pulled up outside Broadcasting House with Benji the kayak strapped to the top of the car, both feeling a strange mix of excitement and nerves fo the day ahead...
The Countdown Begins
n Saturday 21st April 2018 we will be beginning our expedition in London! We would love as many people as possible to be there to wave us off as we begin our world first paddle, so please do come along to Westminster Bridge to help send us off in style.
With three weeks to go before our departure date, we are very relieved to say we are ready to go – or as ready as we’ll feel! Thanks to the generosity of our Gold Sponsor Elsevier, we have reached our expedition funding target and have been able to secure the final bits of kit needed. This has also allowed us to focus on our fundraising efforts, and we can report that we have now raised over £21,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action.