I know my plans are ambitious, but unless I give myself a challenge, perhaps very little will be achieved.
Over the next few days I must stow gear and provisions and check everything. Because my calendar is unexpectedly full until late April, I doubt I shall be able to start the cruise until then, but I may be able to launch ‘Sandpiper’ and have her ready somewhere on the River Crouch, probably Burnham Yacht Harbour. This will be very convenient, because getting aboard with last minute items will be a simple matter, and if she is waiting at a pontoon I shall be able to depart when tide and wind allow.
This time I am hoping I shall be able to visit a few places I haven’t been to before. Going through the Havengore from the River Roach would be good to try before crossing the Thames to the Medway. From Queensborough maybe I could take the passage south of the Isle of Sheppey to the eastern River Swale. A visit to Faversham would be good, and from there to Whitstable. Whether I’ll do any of these things remains to be seen. Wind, tide and weather will determine what happens.
I would consider an exploratory detour up the Thames to London before heading for Dover. It would add several days to my cruise, but if I find I’m not up it physically or mentally, or there are shortfalls with the boat, I would not be far from home.
An adventure is an undertaking, the end of which cannot be guaranteed. This is what excites and stimulates those who enjoy adventuring. You don’t need to go to the South Pole or remote regions of the earth to have adventures, nor do you have to spend fortunes to experience them. For an adventure to have zest there should be a personal challenge by way of difficulty, and for some, there must be an element of risk to life or limb.
I am looking forward to my adventure.