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KAYAK LEG SCHEDULE

Come and join  or cheer on the final miles to Tower Bridge

About this time tomorrow morning I shall be afloat  in a rowing boat (!) with a crew or two from my Oxford College – St Hugh’s, for a quick lap of the river before I get into one of my sparkly boats (the lovely Krissy or Nelson) to start heading downstream towards Tower Bridge over the next few days.

Below is the schedule and rough ETAs into some of the places en route. Check Twitter for live updates (@SarahOuten) or follow leads from front page of this site. Keep an eye on the  YB tracker updates on the funky ZeroSixZero map here to follow progress in real time and if you want to work out where to come and meet/cheer/paddle or ride with us.

Onwards!

 

Sx

 

KAYAK LEG: Oxford to Tower Bridge along the River Thames

30th October to 3rd November – Keep checking  for real-time updates on Twitter and YB tracking map. Times are estimates and may change.

Come and cheer Sarah en route to Tower Bridge or, if you have a kayak and are self sufficient, join in for a stretch on the water, or a jog/cycle down the tow path.

Sarah will paddle at roughly 3 miles per hour on the river above Teddington, with quick stops en route

All paddlers must have appropriate Waterways licence/insurance and we take no responsibility for anyone’s safety outside of Team L2L.

Day 1: Friday 30th October

Godstow/Oxford to Crowmarsh Gifford: 27 miles

0/0830: DEPART GODSTOW

3/0930: Oxford College Boat Houses Stretch of the Isis (on Christ Church Meadow) (Pause for friends)

4/1030: Donnington Bridge/Falcon/CORC

8/ 1140: Lower Radley

11/1250: Abingdon

13.5/1350:   Culham

23/1745: Shillingford

26/ 1845: Crowmarsh Gifford / Bridge Villa Campsite – OX10 8HB – ETA 1900

Day 2: Saturday 31st October

* Crowmarsh Gifford – Hurley Riverside Park: 30 miles

PROVISIONAL DEPART TIME: 0700

2/0740: Northstoke

5/0850: Goring

9/1030: Pangbourne

14/1215: Tilehurst

15/1300-1330ish Reading

19/1530: Sonning

24/1750: Henley –on-Thames

27/1850: Hurley Riverside Park -SL6 5NE – ETA 1800

Day 3: Sunday 1st November

Hurley Riverside Park to Chertsey Camping and Caravan Club: 27 miles

PROVISIONAL LAUNCH TIME: 0700

0/0700: Hurley Riverside Park

2/0750: Marlow

9/1045: Maidenhead

16/1130: Windsor

27/ 1800: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park – KT16 8JX – Arrival ETA 1730 -1800

Day 4: Monday 2nd November

Cherssey to Hampton Wick/RCC: 12 miles

PROVISIONAL LAUNCH TIME: 0900

0/0900: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park

5/1040: Sunbury Lock

8/1200: Molesley Lock

9/1230: Thames Ditton

12/1400: Hampton Wick/ Royal Canoe Club – TW11 9QY

Day 5: Tuesday 3rd November

Hampton Wick/RCC to Tower Bridge: 18 miles

* THIS SECTION IS TIDAL, BUSY WITH TRAFFIC AND IT IS ONLY RECOMMENDED THAT COMPETENT PADDLERS JOIN AS FAR AS PUTNEY BRIDGE. From Putney to Tower Bridge, Sarah will be escorted by an organized group from various London kayak clubs, friends and her original club Rutland Canoe Club….and of course, her L2L paddling partner Justine Curgenven.

Further guidance from the Port of London Authority for paddling on
the tidal Thames, can be found at: www.boatingonthethames.co.uk/Paddling

0700 LAUNCH: RCC Hampton Wick

0800 Kew Bridge

0915 Chiswick Bridge

0925 Barnes Railway Bridge

0950 Hammersmith Bridge

1015 Putney Bridge

1030 Wandsworth Bridge

1050 Albert Bridge

1100 Chelsea Bridge

1115 Vauxhall Bridge

1120 Lambeth Bridge

1125 Westminster Bridge

1130 Waterloo Bridge

1140 Millennium Bridge

1145 London Bridge

1200  Tower Bridge – FINISH!

TOWER BRIDGE ARRIVAL

Come and cheer Sarah on as she kayaks under Tower Bridge at midday on Tuesday 3rd  November, 4.5 years after she paddled under it for the first time at the start of the journey.

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Cycling: Falmouth to Oxford – tick

From L2L HQ:

Finished after a great day of cycling with some fab people

Finished after a great day of cycling with some fab people

The last day of the cycle into Oxford went really well, with supporters and riders joining in. Sarah and her cycling team landed on time at 16:00 today at Sarah’s old Oxford college, St Hugh’s to a warm welcome.

A very tired Sarah is ‘resting ‘for a couple of days while she switches into kayaking mode for the final leg down the Thames from Oxford to London, starting this Friday 30th October…

Watch this space for more details.

Team L2L

P.S Thanks to all recent donors to the L2L charities. To do the same, please click here.

 

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Day one of the final leg: Done!

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HQ: Yesterday was the big day – the first day of the final leg of London2London. Exciting times! But before setting off, Sarah went to say hello and thank you to the Falmouth Coast Guard for all their help and support on her journey.

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Come midday it was time for Sarah, Lucy and her troupe of cycling buddies to head off from Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, bound for the first port of call, The Eden Project.

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Thank you to everyone who cycled along with her and to those who came out to wave her on her way. It made for a brilliant journey. A huge thank you also goes out to the Eden Project for putting Sarah and her trusty travellers up for the night. A magical place indeed! So that’s it, the first day of the last leg is done – she’s off to a cracking start.

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Come and join Sarah!

If you fancy joining Sarah on her cycle up to Oxford, take a look at the route and day plan here.

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Fancy a ride?

Falmouth - here we come!

Falmouth – here we come!

Team L2L and various lovely helpers are in the midst of planning the final few hundred miles from Falmouth to Tower Bridge and we’re inviting you to come along and join in, holler and support.

First up is the bike leg from Falmouth to Oxford, starting next week Thursday 22nd at midday from The Moor, in Falmouth. We finish in Oxford on the 27th (finish point tbd.) Below is a guide to the daily breakdown plus a link to the full planned route on Mapmyride.

We shall have the YB tracker plotting our position every 10 minutes so that if you want to join in or wave or bring us cake (!) then you will be able to see where we are.

While out we shall tweet daily forecasts of times to leave the next morning so that you know what time to come and find us if you plan to join for a day/part of a day.

In a streak of luxury, I shall be ditching luggage and tent in favour of a motorhome (aka Party Bus) for me and my merry crew. Thanks to Chiltern Motorhome Hire for that. (NB If you plan to join then please plan your own food/ accommodation etc)

22/10: Day 1 – mile 32
Falmouth to Eden – 32 miles

23/10: Day 2 – mile 89
Eden to Moretonhampstead – 57 miles

24/10: Day 3 – mile 140
Moretonhampstead to Waterrow – 51 miles

25/10: Day 4 – mile 205
Waterrow to Bath – 65 miles

26/10: Day 5 – mile 250
Bath to Swindon – 45 miles

27/10: Day 6 – mile 288
Swindon to Oxford – 38 miles

View the route:
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/889756217
Thanks to the lovely Maren Hallenga of CoppaFeel! (also bike mapping extraordinaire) for plotting the route and scheming other useful things. And also to Shelagh and Alasdair of MSG bikes for servicing Hercules. And to my lovely Godparents for chauffeuring him up to us.

Onwards – kayak plan of Oxford to London to follow next week.

Sarah x

P.S Finale under Tower Bridge is November 3rd at midday. Watch this space for more details.

P.P.S Let’s take the charity totals over 50K. Spare a penny or a pound? Donate here.

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Homeward bound

Montreal's support team, led by Mylene Paquette

Montreal’s support team, led by Mylene Paquette

Folks,

This is your rower here, soon to be cyclist and kayaker again. Soon to be home. Home! I haven’t been home properly for 18 months and have a lot of hugs in store for friends and family and team, and my baby nephew, whom I am yet to meet. Lucy and I fly from Montreal tonight after a magic and gentle couple of days doing nothing very much besides some exped admin and, for me, enjoying as much fresh fruit as I can eat.

Lovely Mylene and Carol practising their banner placements

Lovely Mylene and Carol practising their banner placements

If I had to come ashore on this side of the Atlantic then there is no better place. My good friend and sister of the waves Mylene Paquette lives here and so has hosted us and been Chief Liaiser/Fixer/Translator etc etc. Another wonderful friend from Cape Cod, Carol Penfield, drove for 10 hours to surprise me as I stepped off the boat, bringing with her bags full of cakes, presents and greetings from my Chatham supporters. To be with folks I know and love and who understand a little of the journey and waves is like a warm bath – gentle, supportive and nourishing.

Possibly the squeeziest hug in the world after 5 months apart.

Possibly the squeeziest hug in the world after 5 months apart.

Everything feels a bit surreal right now. It is as though a part of me is still on the ocean with Happy Socks, rowing, rowing, rowing….and I am in some parallel universe. To have left the ocean so quickly and then be on shore within a week is rather a lot to process, especially without my dear little white boat. I am trying to keep it all contained until we finish back under Tower Bridge and I have time and space to reflect. Hooray for adrenaline.

Captain Gupta and myself on the bridge of Federal Oshima

Captain Gupta and myself on the bridge of Federal Oshima

Plans are evolving apace for the final legs of cycling and kayaking in the UK. Led by Project Manager Sara Davies and PR Chief Jenny Ellery, it is all coming together nicely, with input and support from various external parties. We are all excited for cherishing these final miles of the journey and getting under Tower Bridge on November 3rd, and grateful to everyone helping make it happen.

The crew of Federal Oshima

The crew of Federal Oshima

Big thank yous to Suzanne and Marc from local agents FedNav for arranging the legalities; the Customs chaps for coming out to St Lambert Lock to sign me in; Erin and Tibo and Christopher for coming to wave; Evelyn, Laurence and Loic for cheering and pictures; Marysol for filming and smiles; Carol for being the Cape Cod Messenger and Hug Deliverer (and the senders for all the warmth and support); Mylene for everything.

A special  thanks to Captain Gupta and crew of Federal Oshima for their assistance in the Atlantic and welcome onboard during my week at sea. The Indian cuisine was some of the best food on my entire L2L journey…

We look forward to posting details and updates of these final legs as things draw closer.

A final thanks to you – my online family of supporters for all the messages and good energy you have put our way.

Saltiest,

Sarah and, in her absence, Happy Socks x

P.S Still marching towards our charity goals for CoppaFeel!, MND Association, WaterAid and Jubilee Sailing Trust. Please consider donating here. Thank you!

P.P.S We are looking to borrow/hire/get sponsored with 2 weeks of a motorhome hire for the final leg of the journey. Must be UK based, roughly Oxford/London area and to have had no animals inside. Any leads, please get in touch via hello@sarahouten.com

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