White Water Rafting
Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
164Trip End Feb 16, 2007
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We have to get up at 6.30am so we have enough time for breakfast (which I forgot to say is included in the price of the room too; self service) and my morning coffee so I can function properly! I have no problems getting up since I really didn't sleep much and I am quite excited about today's adventure.
The mini bus picks us up at 7.20ish with Averil & Sophie already in and another girl called Kat from Scotland who has been in Borneo for 2 months working on some eco project. It's a 1 ½ hour drive to Beaufort where we catch the only train up here which takes us to the end point (Rayoh) so we can leave our bags, then we jump back on the train which drops us at the starting point (Pangi)
We jump of the train and walk the short distance to the hut where the raft is being set up for us. They don't look so big but can hold up to 10 people; there are only 5 of us plus the 2 rafting men so we have lots of space and are not crammed in like the others looked when full. We grab life jacket and helmet, are briefed on what to do should we capsize (and we will capsize they make sure of it), then walk to river and away we go.
The first few rapids are taster rapids meaning they are only small and I guess a bit boring once you've been through the bigger ones. The river level is quite high so most of the rapids are level 3 & 4 (5 is the highest) and all have names which I will get to soon.
So the first big rapid is Head Hunter and rafting into it doesn't seem so bad. We are told when to paddle and whether to paddle hard or soft. We raft through no probs and its quite good fun. We are then told to jump in the water to make sure our life jackets work and keep us afloat
The rafting took nearly 1 ½ hours and went way too fast
Back in KK Ben and Sophie got their hair cut for 80p (that's for both of them although Ben's took an hour and Sophie's took 3!). Ben and I went to Little Italy for tea (highly recommended the food & service is the best in the world), checked into our new room, went for a quick coffee at Coffee Beans and checked out the FREE wireless internet.
Big news today Steve Irwin died in a freak accident when he was stung through the heart by a Stingray while he was snorkeling filming a documentary in Queensland. He is only 44 years old and it shocked me to the core. He pulled some crazy stunts in his time so I think it's quite sad that he died this way. Plus the fact that I have snorkeled above lots of Stingrays in Mexico myself!!
It's Ben's Birthday tomorrow and we are going diving; bring it on!!!!
To be continued. . . . .