There was a small hiccup when leaving St Ives. The engine on the rib (which I had serviced the day before we left) decided to die on us as we were getting to the start point. We then drifted a mile off shore. Before you all shout at me for not having a VHF radios or a rib anchor etc, we did, but didn’t want to waste RNLI’s resources so Jez tried for an hour to get the engine working. Finally it decided to work and we got to the start point which was a huge relief.
From St Ives Em (in the kayak) and I carried on up the coast towards Newquay. The sun finally came out and things started to feel great. I could feel myself getting fitter as I build shoulder muscles and become more fish-like. (In my mind anyway) The scenery was incredible when the sun is out, such a boost to morale for me and for Em in the kayak. We felt like we were in the Med at times. Also I must mention Em. Her adventure gets overlooked but she is in fact going to be kayaking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which is a great adventure in its own right. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for her side of the adventure.
The next day a similar thing happened. We didn’t quite mange to get to Newquay because the surf was HUGE (people were waving at us from the cliffs at Polzeath to head back out to sea) We called Jez to come pick us up in the yacht and at the same time got a message from a lovely gentleman called Steve who had been tracking us and we had me a few hour earlier in St Agnes. He offered us a place to stay and fed us like kings. His wife Kate was also an accomplished open water swimmer so was full of useful tips for e novice like myself.
The following day was a short day of 5 miles to Newquay as I needed a rest. My average pace is still quite slow at around 10 miles per day but I am starting to feel stronger. . . . slowly.