The Danube Tour 2016-11-27T17:43:39+00:00
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The Danube River is the second longest in Europe after the Volga. It rises in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows for some 1,770 miles (2,850 km) to the Black Sea. It winds it’s way through 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. This is my blog about the journey of three friends down this beautiful river.

608, 2016

Donaueschingen

August 6th, 2016|Categories: Danube, Donau|Comments Off on Donaueschingen

Danube – day 1

I’d had the idea of paddling the Danube for a few decades and with my sixtieth birthday approaching it was now or never. I lived in Konstanz for six months in 1988 and met some paddlers from Konstanz Canoe Club that had paddled the Danube from source to sea. I paddled on the upper Danube with them and the idea was born but not realised until this year. Two friends joined me on the trip. I was paddling in a Plastex Seamastaster kayak. Guy Dresser paddled a Prijon and Ian White paddled a British built boat. The dynamics in the group were interesting and the challenges of the long days and our competive nature made the journey memorable. We are planning the next stage of the European farwell Brexit tour together for next year,

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One of the one hundred portages
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908, 2016

Gunzburg Canoe Club

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Danube, Donau|Comments Off on Gunzburg Canoe Club

Danube – day 4

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2016, 4:35 pm CEST 89312, Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany
15°C Clear
Day four and camp four at Gunzburg Canoe Club.
Body hurts. But enjoying the company.

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1008, 2016

End of day five in Neuberg

August 10th, 2016|Categories: Danube, Donau|Comments Off on End of day five in Neuberg

Danube – day 5
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 6:31 am CEST
89312, Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany
12°C Cloudy
Start of day five. Slept pretty well in my bivi. First up. Hands sore and keep going to sleep even when paddling. Pretty sure it is a nerve.

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 9:34 am CEST
89415, Lauingen, Bavaria, Germany
13°C Mostly Sunny

Breakfast after two hours. Ian flying.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 9:58 pm CEST
86633, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany
13°C Mostly Clear
Finished paddling in Neuberg

80k day

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1108, 2016

Day 6

August 11th, 2016|Categories: Danube, Donau|Comments Off on Day 6

Danube – day 6
Thursday, 11 Aug 2016, 5:41 am CEST
86633, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany
7°C Fog
Day six and hands hurt. I have trouble with tingly fingers. Hasn’t woken me as in previous nights

Guy is very organised whilst Isn is on the edge of organised.
Guy and Ian faster than me on the water. Lock keeper Guy. Things improved a lot when we started using the locks. Allowing me to get ahead.