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Welcome to the second of my blogs relating to the kayaking trip during my recent holiday.

In my first blog I described my reflections during the 15km kayaking journey down the River Orme.

In this blog, I reflect on the minibus journey we took up the mountain to the drop-off point to the start our kayaking trip.

Imagine you are in a minibus, driving at speed along winding roads round the edge of the hillside, with a French driver who spoke little English. And imagine what follows, in an instant…

  1. We came across a group of cyclists going in the same direction as we were.
  2. Our driver (whilst driving, obviously) was using his phone to translate a word into English so he could tell us more about the grape harvest this year.
  3. Our driver attempted to overtake the cyclists on the corner.
  4. A car came from the other direction.
  5. And…..breathe


This could have ended in disaster, but luckily it didn’t. Somehow the cyclists we were overtaking and car coming from the other direction moved out of our way. However, the corner didn’t move!


I felt powerless – but what could I do? I was on this journey, and I couldn’t stop to get off, or even change course, or the route. The minibus driver wouldn’t understand me if I said something to him anyway.


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