Saturday, 16 June 2012

Navigate Scandinavia

Want to paddle the waters of Scandinavia? Haven't got the charts? Not so much of a problem anymore.
This link (Krak) brings you the charts of Norway, Sweden and Denmark online and for free. You have to zoom a bit on different places to see buoys and such, but they are there. You can also get coords for your GPS if you want.
Of cause actual navigation by these maps is at your own risk, but imo. they are more than adequate for kayaks.

The link is also on the useful link section on the right.
An example

Thursday, 14 June 2012

How Time Flies

Well, wednesday came and went, and no post on my blog. Sorry.
I didn't make the two-day trip. Instead I made two one day trips. The only reason for that is that I'm getting too comfortable. Need to do something about that (hmm, later).

But back to my two trips.

Monday I went to Skuldelev Strand. A place I have been before, and a place where I knew I could bask in the sun doing absolutely nothing. And that's what I did. Nothing happened, the weather was perfect, I ate a couple of tuna sandwiches, drank some coffee and then behaved like a well fed seal on a beach. Bliss...
Logged 15 km. TOY = 240 km.

Tuesday I knew I had to do something if I should get out of this, in lack of a better description, pleasant inactivity of both body and soul. So I activated one of my premade plans, which would involve a transport over land. I say ‘would’ because, of cause, I didn't make it. What I did make, was a trip around Eskildsø supersized.
As a new feature I have tried to draw the route in Google Earth. Should make it easy to get an overview.
At my northmost pitstop I got a rain squall while I was making coffee, but otherwise the weather was perfect again. Sometimes the wind died out, and then it felt and looked like I was paddling in the sky.
Logged 27 km. TOY = 267 km.


video
A little piece of heaven

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Gain, Not Only Pain

The past week I have worked hard in the gym but haven't done much kayaking. Only a single trip wednesday to Værebro Å together with my daughter. She normally doesn't kayak but sometimes I succeed in luring her of the land and out on the water.
The trip was only about 11 km. (6 nautical miles), but I can now see my PRO, Physical Recovery Operation, is paying off. It is no problem to paddle 11 km. I can’t even feel it in my muscles. Some will say I need a new paddle, and they are probably right, but just one and a half month ago, I was barely able to paddle 5 km. Now I can paddle 17 nautical miles in one day (that makes me tired, still) and 6 nautical miles without breaking a sweat (well, temperatures ain't so high yet).
I’m a bit worried about forgetting my reason, kayaking,  to train in the gym, and just train for the training itself. It is quite nice in a gym: It never rains, it’s always warm and there are pretty women prancing about. So I have planned a two day trip beginning tomorrow. Will write about it this wednesday at the latest.
Logged = 11 km. TOY = 225 km.