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    Finishing the job - a return to Inchconnachan Island by bike and packraft.

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    A few weeks ago, I tried to get to Inchconnachan Island, by bike and packraft. Read about it here.

    Last weekend, I tried again - this time successfully.

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    It taught me a lot. At times, I was a long way from the shores of Loch Lomond and I also had to cross the main 'waterway' for want of a better word. There are big tourist tour boats that chug up and down the Loch and there are fishing vessels and speedboats too. The wake caused by these bigger and faster boats had me a wee bit freaked out when I was a long way from land. Nevertheless, with a bit of common sense, I was able to aim the bow into the incoming waves and ride it out.

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    Disembarking was a bit of a mess, as well. I pulled into a rusty, messed up micro-pier and immediately whacked my (carbon) forks onto a corroded and broken old metal girder. I was concerned there would be catastrophic damage, but I got away with a couple of scrapes. Lessons need to be learned and one is 'detailed' manoeuvring so I can get in to tighter circumstances with less chance of damage.

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    Some of the islands on the Loch seem to be primed for camp outs. The isolation is nice and I can see myself heading there for a S24O if the by-laws allow. Someone was already set up on Inchconnachan, in a sheltered wee spot. We'll see.

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    I did jump out on Inchconnachan, though I didn't see any wallabies. What I did see was a depressing amount of rubbish - broken bottles and the like. I guess that is the unwelcome cost of this area being arguably Scotland's most visited outdoor area.

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    It is also a long way - around 7km where I crossed - and this is hard work if you are not used to the paddling. In all I spent around 2 hours in the raft and 5 and a half pedaling. I was pretty worked over by the time I got home - remembering that I had some cheese buried in my Gas Tank (secured with a DeWidget, I might add....) was a life saver!

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    Thanks for sharing, Doc.

    If you don't occasionally stretch your limits a wee bit, how can you know where they are?

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    its great to get out on a slightly longer/riskier float - im sloooooowly gaining confidence. makes me realise how 'out there' you guys are on those big mutli day trips.....dumping and getting very wet (or worse) would be easy and contingency, planning and sense are vital...opens up all sorts of possibilities though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn View Post
    its great to get out on a slightly longer/riskier float - im sloooooowly gaining confidence. makes me realise how 'out there' you guys are on those big mutli day trips.....dumping and getting very wet (or worse) would be easy and contingency, planning and sense are vital...opens up all sorts of possibilities though....

    With risk comes reward, and all that.

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    Awesome thread, but I must confess that I'm still stuck on the idea of there being wallabies in Scotland!?

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    Weather looks perfect. Stunning scenery


    I can't help but hear music when I look at these pics


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Weather looks perfect. Stunning scenery


    I can't help but hear music when I look at these pics
    nice one!

    here's a couple close to my heart...Martyn Bennett is a legend - his music as heard in Danny Mac's 'the ridge' film. he died, sadly but his music will live forever.



    yeah, the wallabies were introduced by the land owner....there have been calls for a cull, but im not sure it will come to anything,,,,

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    and one with martyn when he was still alive. awesome!

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