Meet Nick (Blue Tracksuit) and his experienced team of instructors from Fitways Adventures as we end the 85 km 3 day Thames Canoeing Challenge
My first time out on one of these events and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I didn’t arrive until later on Friday as I had an awards ceremony to photograph that day. Once I secured my vans parking I soon settled in and as I already new a lot of the people from the company taking part, I was made to feel very welcome.
Can’t remember the last time I went camping so it was no surprise I found it a little strange to start with but after a few beers and a couple of gins from the Gin Tent I was off like a light.
Morning came quick as it does this time of year and I woke along with the birds and was feeling a little heavy on the head. With an early start it wasn’t long before the smell of bacon drifted under my nose and that was enough to pull me from my sleeping bag and tent.
A global corporate event which I was honoured to photograph and with a remaining stretch of around 50km down the Thames I was looking forward to seeing some beautiful scenery. What I wasn’t expecting was this gentleman who seemed very proud of his dwellings. As the story was told by the boatman this gentleman befriended an older lady and a couple of years later passed away. To his amazement she left him a well over a million but it is this lifestyle he chooses to live. Just goes to show your happiness should come first before money.
So the journey continued south towards Reading and it was at the next lock where I decided to have a go myself. Only a mere snip of the distance that others had done I could no longer sit and see others paddle while I sat comfortable on the safe boat. For the next 10 km I was partnered by one of the instructors who was happy to show me the ropes.