Christmas Day hardly registers, we have more paddling to do. Setting out from Hogan in glorious sunshine we notice the upwellings caused by the movement of tides around the island. Then we paddle towards the Kent Group. We can clearly see our destination. For hours it doesn’t get nearer. The sun shines, there is no wind. The seas have settled, and it’s as boring as the proverbial. I’m torn – which do I actually prefer? Endless glorious sunshine, calm cruisy conditions and hours of safe yet boring kayaking? Or the adrenaline-filled moments of yesterday’s crossing to Hogan? We paddle and we paddle towards the Kent Group.
Eventually we are closer to the Kent Group. We paddle across the northern ends of Erith and Deal Islands. We paddle into and across the tidal flow. We paddle towards Pulpit Rock on Deal Island. We rename Pulpit Rock. We rename it “A-Person-Born-Of-Parents-Not-Married-To-Each-Other” Rock. We paddle and we paddle towards that rock.
We paddle past the rock. We are now flowing with the tides along the eastern side of Deal. This is glorious! Look at the stunning rock formations and awesome scenery! At the turn into Winter Cove Harry dashes ahead for the final 1km, personal matters to attend to, I follow leisurely. Third big day of paddling, rest day tomorrow. I have arrived at Deal Island for the second time, this time under my own steam. Finally happy, I land.
Crossing Bass Strait
Trip Day 3
Paddling Day 3
Wednesday 25 December 2013
Distance covered: 47km