My side was so sore on Wednesday that even after Ibuprofen gel and oral painkillers, it was still painful just to ride to Glen Roy in the bus, so it did seem sensible not to paddle. Mary paddled the Upper, and, with Jutta, skipped the gorge, to rejoin the group for the Lower, whilst I walked down and took photos – mostly of the scenery as the river is not very accessible, though I did get video of everyone on Rooster Tail on the Upper.
Mary on the Upper Roy: Rooster Tail
I also got a lot of nice scenic photos and a few more squares for geograph.
Looking down the Upper Roy above Rooster Tail
Autumn Colours on the Roy gorge
Dulsie Bridge Gorge. Photo: Giles Trussell
On Thursday, I’d recovered enough to paddle providing it wasn’t anything too hard to run or difficult to walk out, so the Upper Findhorn was a fortunate choice. I did hurt on the Dulsie Bridge gorge when a strong right brace was needed, but got down the rest of the river OK, by portaging the short hard bit on Levens gorge, and avoiding any significant amount of playing on waves.
On Friday, I was definitely sore again, and decided that I should not commit to the Findhorn Gorge. Mary wasn’t keen to paddle this either, so we had a more leisurely start and simply drove home in daylight. So – a bit of a disappointing week in terms of my own paddling, though I coped well with all that I actually got on, and hopefully by avoiding pushing it too hard, I’ll recover more quickly and be back on the water soon !