I know “Da de daaa, da, da, da, da, da da….” doesn’t mean much in just words, but if you set it to music it’s a whole lot different… yes, our 12th and penultimate Helping Hearts 2013 challenge is just a few hours away – we are canoeing down the River Wye, that forms part of the border between England and Wales. As it’s 134-odd miles from source to sea and we’ve only got two days we’re just doing a stretch of it – 33-ish miles, in fact, between Hoarwithy and Monmouth. On our journey we will be accompanied by our trusty Helping Hearts Heroes Jon Webb, Dave Marsden, Dan Rose and James Langlands. We’re not sure about Langlands, as he has a dodgy reputation for abandoning ship on the Wye and leaving his crew to go down with the boat while he swans off to safety, so we might put him in a canoe on his own…
Saturday will see us paddle around 10 miles in canoes from Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye, where we will camp overnight at the Hope and Anchor pub and hopefully sup the odd real ale or two. Dan and James will be leaving us on the Saturday, leaving Jon and Dave to continue with us down to Monmouth, another 20 or so miles downstream.
We’re hoping the trip will be like this:
Rather than “Da de daaa, da, da, da, da, da da….” – something out of Deliverance:
But you never know… Either way, we’ll do our best to get home safe and hopefully raise a bit more money for Southmead Hospital’s heart units (yes, you buggers who haven’t stumped up yet, I mean you…!!) Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated, so get behind us as we embark on what is our last but one Helping Hearts challenge