WW and big bridge in Portugal
Posted: Tue May 04, 2021 10:10 am
River looks like it might be fun?
The put-in (and possibly also the clubhouse) is here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clube ... 86751,17z/Mark R wrote:Saturday - Rio Paiva. Heather and I were there a day earlier than everyone else. After a night in some hotel somewhere, we turned up at the Rio Paiva (on the advice of a luggage handler at the airport who was a paddler!). We checked out the river but weren't going to paddle as we had no shuttle. Amazingly a local paddler then located our unmarked van and invited us to join their group for a paddle - they'd been searching for us! I did the Paiva Garganta (Gorge) with them, a long Grade 4(5) trip in splendid surroundings - this is basically their fairly reliable fallback low water trip, an equivalent of the Orchy or Upper Dart. We slept in bunks at their clubhouse and the other four joined us late that night.
Sunday - Paiva gorge again - it was a bit higher after rain, all six of us enjoyed a run on it. Claire aced the trickiest rapid - but then headbutted a rock and gave herself a black eye, oops. I somehow broke my thumb on a rock somewhere, the first of a remarkable series of self-inflicted injuries I gave myself last week. We stayed at the clubhouse again, and dined with the Portuguese paddlers - our thanks to them.