Trip Start Jul 05, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2007

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Monday, October 9, 2006

Rafting on the agenda today. Level an okay 2 to 3+ and I was not too impressed at the beginning but tame and all as it was for me, I ended up in the river before i knew it so that shut me up!!

Pedestrian enough at the start but we hit some really good rapids towards the end. Along the way we jumped off a rock into the river, maybe only 5 metres but was totally exhilirating to fire ourselves in! Luckily the sun obliged a little more today and we dried off in no time. Soon after we were going through a rapid and before i knew what was happening I was back in the water! It seemed all the colder on this impromptu visit and i didnt know where i was, whizzing through the water backwards! Had been warned to face downstream if we fell out but try as i might i couldnt turn myself around in the water. I glanced off a rock when i fell out and before i knew it, i was up on another one and it seemed i was beached but the current lent a helping push and i hopped off another rock at the far side of that one, before finally turning myself about!Couldnt see how i was in a better position now if i hit another rock but on i flew and finally i reached the raft. Raul, our guide heaved me over the side and a more undigified, graceless entry to a raft you never have seen! My face was pressed to the floor for what seemed like an age and i really didnt have the energy to do anything about it! Eventually struggled to a sitting position once more and came close to parting company with the raft once more only for Dave! Dried off in no time and apart froma stiff back, no harm done!

Close to the end, Raul suggested jumping in off the raft. I think the lads were of the same thinking as me, a nice leisurely float down the river to end the day, how bad?! Was horrified when the next rapid was in view and Raul shouted ¨now¨! Was looking at the lads for reassurance that he was having us on but Dave was rolling overboard beside me, looking terrified and bewildered all at once and the other two were headed in the same direction on the far side! Now that was some buzz, tumbling through the rapid, trying to face downstream and not drink the river dry at the same time! The entry back into the raft was more entertaining again, we were thrown over each other in every direction and still trying to come to terms with what we just did, much too busy laughing our asses off to have any energy left to move! Fantastic!

On the journey home, lots of the fields were being ploughed by two bullocks. Two people behind to drive on the animals, two to the front to guide them in the right direction and at least two more overseeing everything! Not something this Western girl ever expected to see in her lifetime! A great day.
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