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Tower Bridge

 

"Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?'

“Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?’

The grin says it all – a magic day at the end of London2London:Via the World. Tears, smiles, hugs, fizz and lots of warmth.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

More to follow, but for now, bed after a super happy day.

Team L2L

 

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London calling

DCIM100GOPROG0020466.I have written the first sentence of this blog a few times, hitting delete again and again. I just don’t quite know what to say about how I feel right now. Except to say that I am calm, excited and emotional ahead of tomorrow’s finish under Tower Bridge, some twenty miles or so downstream. Tears are washing down my face as I write, one of my favourite journey tunes (Rise by Eddie Vedder) playing in my ears as a parade of memories surges inside and around me. What a journey. Thank you all for coming along with me and helping make it happen – be it on the ground, virtually or through supporting the expedition charities.

We boat in less than 12 hours and expect to be under Tower Bridge at midday, accompanied by a flotilla of kayaks from London clubs and paddlers from my original club back home, Rutland Canoe Club.

I cannot wait – it is going to be such a special day, rounding off such a special and crazy few years of my life. And yet, there is a twinge of sadness that it is over, that my trusty steeds will be resting quietly awhile.

So many people have worked hard to help make this journey a reality – be it throughout the miles or at different times. I am grateful to you all and would not have made it to Tower Bridge in the first place – or to this point of being almost there – without that support.

With warmth, a grateful heart and a teary grin I am now going to head to bed for some sleep.

I have had a magic couple of weeks on the home run and am excited for a final blast through London tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow! How crazy is that?

The YB Tracker will be updating every few minutes, so hopefully even those of you unable to join us can watch that little mini Sarah inching closer to Tower Bridge.

Until tomorrow,

Sarah, Krissy, Nelson, Hercules and, in their absence, Happy Socks and Gulliver x

P.S Let’s flood the charity site with pennies! You can do so here.

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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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