So..... We're currently tied to a jetty in Wallingford after spending a night in Abingdon. Things are not so good at the moment as the river is extremely high due to the months worth of rain that has fallen in Oxfordshire today. The rain has not stopped us pedaloing all day but unfortunately now that the river is so high our pedalo provider has contacted us to tell us we have to moor up immediatley due to the terms of his insurance and quite simpiy its too dangerous to be out there. At the moment red boards are being displayed meaning that no craft are currently on the river. We were given no alternative but to leave the river.
The wait to get back on the river will be frustrating but we hope we will not have to wait to long. We will be checking the river conditions on a regular basis so we can get back on as soon as possible!
To see the BBC report on the flooding click on the link below:
We're still at our base waiting for the river to become safe again. We're hoping that we'll get back on tommorrow. Its really irratating because we pedaloed through the most miserable rain and cold and now that the weather is absolutly beautiful we're stuck off the river when we want to be out there! In the mean time we're getting a lot of press coverage for our trip and still raising funds.
Having battled through torrential rain storms at 2mph, navigated our way through angry hoards of Geese and Swans alike we made it to Teddington at around 11:00 am, Thursday 12th June 2008. This was to be our last port of call in the pedalo, but not the end of our adventure.
Although stranded and pedaloless, we continued on our way to our final destination-Greenwich.
We walked from Teddington to Richmond, the very last lock on the Thames, where we hopped on the M V Connaught, courtesy of Colliers Launches, which took us all the way to Westminster.
From Westminster, we climbed aboard the Sun Clipper, many thanks to Thames Clippers, which rocketed us at unpedalo-like speeds to Greenwich to bring an end to the Thames Pedalo Adventure 2008.
We would like to thank all those who have helped us along the way, the many friends and relatives who went out of their way in the aid of four fool hardy students. And a final thank you to all who donated to our great cause, the Alzheimer's Soceity.
S.T.A.A.G will be back with more Alternative Adventures later on this year.