Last year I worked over Christmas, but this year the days aligned to allow us some time away. The chance to spend the festive period just meandering down a river was just what we needed.
Alexandra Bridge marks the end of our time on the river – my commute bike’s still where I’d left it, so Bryn and Sarah make themselves comfy while I do the 30+km road-ride back to the car.
Blackwood river from Sue’s Road bridge to Alexandra Bridge campsite. 2 road crossings (one weir, and one bridge) allow access along the way for shorter forays. The upper section down to the weir involves a bit of pushing/dragging a loaded canoe down the easy rapids, with the lower sections deeper and more continuous. After rain/in winter the upper section would be grade 2 and possibly 3 in flood with a couple of sections requiring inspection. In mid-summer (late December 2013), there was nothing taxing – with only basic river skills needed.