Archive | June, 2013

We missed the boat (literally!)



We didn’t manage to submit our paperwork for the shipment of the sea kayaks in time so we missed the cut-off date for Cap George. We’re now booked on to NYK Floresta who’ll be leaving 3rd July and arriving 18th July.

There’s still a chance that the sea kayaks will arrive and clear customs by the time we leave Lima to start the whitewater section but we’re cutting it fine!

I’m now remembering the words of West Hanson who did this expedition last year – he told me that one of the most stressful aspects of the expedition was getting the sea kayaks to Lima and through customs…

Introducing Perolita

Perolita Profile

Today the deposit was paid for our support boat the Perolita. The Perolita will be joining us from Pucallpa in Peru all the way to the sea. Pucallpa is located just after the “Red Zone” section of our route and marks the point where the scariest part of the river will be behind us.

Perolita Deck

Darcy spent a lot of time researching the perfect boat and we have found it. It has air conditioning, sleeps six and has a crew of four and as well as providing all meals we even get complimentary caipirinhas on the deck after a hard days kayaking!

Perolita Cabin

We’ll be paddling alongside Perolita for up to 100 days down the Amazon, mooring up every night to make sure this is a truly human-powered expedition.

Perolita Bathroom

We’ll have power with us as well as a satellite terminal (a BGAN Explorer 500 for all the geeks almong us) so we should be able to keep you posted on our progress as we go.

The sea kayaks are on the road!


The sea kayaks I bought from the lovely people at KayakPro have finally been picked up and are on their way to Houston before being loaded on a container ship called Cap George bound for the port of Callao in Lima, Peru. Sea kayaks are not the easiest things to ship – at a length of 5.5m they can’t go in a plane and if they go in a container they are likely to get crushed if they are not top loaded. But after what feels like a hundred emails to the shipping company they are at least on their way!

You can even track their progress on our Where are they now? page