The Dreamtime Voyage: Around Australia Kayak Odyssey

By Paul Caffyn

Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main impressive trips ever undertaken through kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.

it really is an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged selection to meet his very unlikely dream opposed to all odds, together with tropical cyclones, raging surf, sharks, crocodiles, sea snakes and lengthy sections of sheer limestone cliffs.

John Dowd, writer of Sea Kayaking defined the voyage as follows:

Amongst sea kayakers Paul Caffyn is nearly in a category of his personal. For the longest time after he accomplished his outstanding solo circumnavigation of Australia the silence was once deafening: few of his friends knew the importance of what he had performed, and maybe those that understood felt misplaced in his shadows. not just is Paul's Australian experience a top for sea kayaking, it's going to finally be well-known as one of many nice small voyages of contemporary historical past in addition to these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.

The narrative is a mix of early maritime historical past, interesting dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and wonder of the great Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes together with his New Zealand aid crew.

Paul Caffyn's Dreamtime Voyage used to be additionally a trip of self discovery. For 4 months in Northern Australia he paddled solo with out probability of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. fairly within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight sector of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs offer compelling reading.

Dreamtime Voyage will encourage all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own desires in reality.

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As we glided to a cease, Shaun hunched ahead in his cockpit. His neck had seized up whereas we have been slogging and his left shoulder used to be giving hassle. He was once having a look extra like a ninety 12 months outdated paddler yet i couldn't locate fault along with his force and backbone. Head down, face grimaced with discomfort, he was once nonetheless ready to persevere with no be aware of grievance. 4 miles to the north, the place the coast grew to become eastwards round the lengthy headland which kinds Cape Arnhem, we came upon a sandy seashore within the look after of an extended projecting reef and landed for the evening. slightly adequate time remained to around the cape sooner than nightfall and Shaun acknowledged he would like tackling the cape within the morning after an exceptional night’s relaxation. From a vantage aspect excessive on a dune ridge in the back of the seashore, we surveyed the hinterland. This sector of Arnhem Land was once so flat. A whisker of aid was once further through lengthy sand ridges, scattered bushes and spindly clumps of grass. To our amazement, we watched an incredible beast plodding alongside the dual ruts of a 4wd music. Judging by means of lengthy horns and form of the pinnacle, we knew it used to be a water buffalo. thankfully we have been downwind of the massive bull. there has been no quick chance. He definitely made a magnificent sight as he plodded seriously alongside the sandy music. After a meal, we scooped our now commonly used hipholes within the sand and settled all the way down to convey our diaries brand new. at the headphones I listened to an exploring opera sequence at the radio. regardless of the beauty of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, I couldn’t support feeling nagging doubts approximately my skill to take on the south coast of Australia, fairly after the previous couple of gruelling days. may perhaps 27 used to be our twenty first trip of Karumba. We had lined 662 miles, a coloration over midway to Darwin. I felt we have been either slowing down a bit and feeling the stress of each day of paddling. That afternoon slog into the headwind knocked the stuffing out of either one of us. Cape Arnhem allow us to off simply at dawn. in a single day, the wind and sea had settled leaving a low swell. The final of the ebb tidal flow used to be atmosphere north as we bounced via mild tide races off the red-cliffed aspect. Dodging attendant reef breaks, we became north-westwards for a brief hop to Gove. For the 1st time in a long time we had a following breeze because the wind had subsidized to the south-east. A black squall gone through bringing a bath of rain yet our spirits couldn't be dampened. At 10. forty five a. m. , we rounded a low aspect to work out the constructions of Gove. touchdown via a low surf in entrance of the Gove Surf Lifesaving membership development, we have been greeted via a chap whose first phrases have been, “Would you're keen on a lager boys? ” This northern hospitality was once beautiful stable. Chilled stubbies in hand, we chatted to Graham Browning and realized to our dismay that Lesley have been out trying to find us every day. it sounds as if she’d flown again to Darwin and we’d ignored her by way of an afternoon. i used to be disillusioned to not see her smiling face, and compensate for the inside track, yet a minimum of our nutrients unload was once right here. The caretaker of the surf membership provided to shop the kayaks whereas we went procuring within the cool convenience of an air-conditioned grocery store for bread, honey and sugar.

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