I haven't done many kayak trips over the last few years because after paddling around Tasmania a few times, I lost interest. However, I have a new sea kayak coming in a few months and that may spark some more enthusiasm.
My old Mirage 580 is now looking very tired. It is also a heavy version because I requested that it be constructed as a stronger version to cope with rough conditions better. This resulted in it being a 30kg kayak ... so strong but slow to accelerate. The red paint job has also faded and needs a cutting agent to spruce it up again.
There is nothing like a new toy to get you excited in a sport again and I think that will happen with the new sea kayak.
Recently I've been doing lots of mountain biking on technical tracks. This is great exercise but can lead to injuries when 'incidents' happen ... and I've had a few of those. It is time for me to stop having 'incidents' to let my body heal for a few years.
Lately I've found that as your confidence increases on technical mountain bike tracks and your skills improve a bit - you push the limits even more. This has kept leading to me pushing the limits until I stuff-up and break bones and/or tear muscles etc.
So the future plans-
keep the riding to less technical tracks to avoid crash injuries;
do some more bike touring trips;
get back into sea kayaking & river trips
Matt's Trip Report Pages
- Tony's trips new link: http://tonywatton.net.au/
- Kayak around Maria Island - day trip
- Kayak Circumnavigation of Bruny Island
- Precipitous Bluff - kayak & walk, 3 days, March 20...
- Precipitous Bluff - kayak & walk Jan 2008
- Matthew Watton, Tasmania Circumnavigation attempt ...
- Matthew Watton - solo Tasmania Circumnavigation #1...
- Matthew Watton - solo Tasmania Circumnavigation #2...
- Matthew Watton - solo Tasmania Circumnavigation #3...
- Steve Dineen's solo kayak circumnavigation Tasmania
- Federation Peak
- Farmhouse Creek Track - Judds Cavern
- Port Welshpool to Hogan Island & return
- Port Davey Track walk
- Huonville to Hobart kayak paddle
- John Brewster and Earle de Blonville - First ever ...