I've been quiet recently, a situation that's been due to a few factors. Christmas was spent with family in Yorkshire. I had intended taking my bike and doing some cycling but the forecast was for terrible weather so I didn't bother (in the event there were some lovely days so it was an opportunity missed). I've already mentioned the weather but that has been a big factor in itself, it's been awful! Finally work has got in the way a bit. I'm very lucky in that my job usually doesn't intrude on my free time but there have been a few issues recently leading to me working some extra shifts.
Last week I finally broke my 2014 duck and got out for a short paddle in my canoe on Loch Lomond. The water levels were really high from the recent downpours
as I left Aldochlay
I've recently acquired a new bent shaft paddle (thanks Rambo) to use with my open canoe and this was my first time using it, first impressions were positive as I headed over towards Inchtavannach island. I also had a new kneeling saddle to try out. I've been contemplating changing my paddling position in the Pal for a while and had wondered about fitting a kneeling thwart or an angled kneeling seat as alternatives but in the end a removable saddle seemed like the most versatile option which would still allow me a good seating option for sailing as well (with the saddle removed). Anyway first impressions were once again good, the saddle providing an nice stable, powerful and comfortable paddling position.
As I paddled through the narrows the high water level was once more apparent, the end of the promontory that usually extends from Inchtavannach to form one bank had become an island!