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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:39 pm 
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My son & I took two Pakboats on an amazing excursion. We each had one duffle bag that held our boats and most gear, with the rest being carry-on for the plane ride from Canada. We traveled over 400 km from London to Leeds. We met so many nice people, saw amazing countryside, and camped for free all along the locks. We took about 20 days of actual travel time - which was leisurely, although when there were a lot of locks to portage, it was sometimes laborious. Feel free to contact me with any questions. geoffjrose20@gmail.com

Rather than try and post a bunch of pictures, here is a link to a folder on dropbox that should be good for a month.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r10mgwgba2zi ... fhola?dl=0


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:00 am 
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Lovely to see your photos. What a great trip to do. Looks like you had a great time!

They're a friendly bunch over on SongofthePaddle.co.uk and I can recommend it as a good place to make friends with UK paddlers, kayakers as well as open canoeists: in theory it is a site for aficionados of the single blade, but in practice half the folks there paddle kayaks as well.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:30 am 
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I enjoyed the photos as well. Thanks for sharing.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:15 pm 
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Great photos, Geoff! I'm pleased to see my old yellow Puffin deck getting to enable new adventures.

I loved kayaking in the UK -- they are so much friendlier to boaters and trekkers there in terms of allowing use of "public" spaces and keeping them accessible and attractive. And there are so many charming sites along the waterways, which the Brits seem to treasure instead of using them as sewers as the US is prone to do. I think they all realize how limited in size their country is and take better care of it. The USA is so vast that we tend to be negligent about the landscape.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:51 pm 
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Yes, England is a friendly place. Even the weather was more agreeable than we anticipated. Sure there was plenty of rain, but with the right equipment (the tarp was really a key element, and at 14 oz for an 8 X 10 it was easy to haul) it was not an issue, and even in wet weeks there were plenty of dry breaks through the day.
If anyone is considering a similar trip they should make sure to post their plans on the canoe forum - the responses come fast and furious. We got offers for rides through or around tunnels, and even places to stay, plus lots of helpful tips.


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