Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Finished for now

With mixed forecasts, talk of the train derailing and the road in poor condition from Manakara we decided to finish our first half of the expedition in Manajary.  We are just under half way around Madagascar and will be returing to finish our circumnavigation next year.  Our journey back to the capital with the kayaks has gone smoothly so far.  The kayaks were carefully tied to the roof of a taxi we arranged to get us to Madagascars second city, Fianarantsoa.  The 5 hour journey took us past pristine rain forest and raging rivers.  We hope to leave the kayaks at the hotel and take time to explore the interior of the country before we fly back on the 10th.  The last week of paddling along the beach went smoothly.  The surf was always there but was not too big to land and launch through.  The winds stayed on our tail and we spent around 9 hours a day covering good distance.  We only landed at the end of the day to limit the number of times we had to tackle the surf.  On the whole the expedition has gone amazingly well and we have seen so many spectacular places and met so many friendly people.  We are both very much looking forward to the rest of the journey.  On our return we will upload a gallery and a report on the expedition.  Thanks to everyone for their support.
Simon and Phil


karel said...

Looking forward to part 2.Good winds and seas

Susanna said...

Well done guys - it's been great to follow your progress and Madagascar is definitely up there on the list of places to see...soon!! Look forward to hearing all the stories. Susanna

Jeff A said...

well done guys, looking forward to seeing you both soon, safe journey home. Jeff

cat said...
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cat said...

Well done chaps. Madagascar sounded very interesting and exciting.

Derry will be glad to have you back!

Good luck for 2008 from Sally and Roger.