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By Paul Caffyn

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

it's an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged choice to satisfy 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 comprehensive his impressive 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 event a top for sea kayaking, it's going to ultimately be famous as one of many nice small voyages of modern heritage in addition to these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.

The narrative is a mix of early maritime historical past, fascinating dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and sweetness of the tremendous Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes along 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 likelihood of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. rather 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 motivate all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own desires in reality.

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I then requested if he may have made the journey with no Liz, and he responded, “T welve months could were a piece too lengthy. ” I punched out during the surf pausing as soon as to boost the paddle excessive in farewell to Thom and Liz sooner than pointing the bow northwards. the sensation of guilt nonetheless hung heavy and that i suggestion might be I must have been extra tolerant. yet as Lesley famous in her diary, she and that i had a operating process that used to be in response to a wealth of difficult received adventure. For survival within the months forward, a inflexible adherence to that process and unflagging force in the direction of attaining Queenscliff back, was once all that may see us via thoroughly. I knew that the former 410 miles had supplied a trifling style of what problems lay forward. The implicit bond of belief, that I had cast with Max Reynolds in the course of the entire ups and downs of our expeditions round Fiordland and Stewart Island, had no longer started to teach a touch of constructing with Thom. That bond of mateship, solid via adversity and within the face of possibility, is a useful commodity that lingers on and is simply damaged via dying. Sections of cliffs, separated by way of small golden sandy bays, stretched away to the north. in the back of the shore, eucalypt wooded area climbed in a eco-friendly unbroken swathe to low skyline ridges. yet niggling self doubts started creeping in, overshadowing the great thing about this gorgeous stretch of beach. i started to query my skill to hold on solo. Lesley and that i could do okay so far as the coastal entry roads may permit, yet how may I take care of 5 months on my lonesome round the inaccessible northern coast? and the way the hell may I deal with the a hundred and twenty mile lengthy sections of cliff? A following breeze lifted my velocity, however the stern persevered in skating out to 1 aspect. It pissed off me no finish specifically as i used to be attempting to shepherd my elbow and never pressure it unduly. drained after the 22 mile stretch to Bermagui, i used to be relieved to around the orange sandstone cliffs of Bermagui headland and switch into Horse Shoe Bay. Lesley had no longer arrived but, so I consoled myself with a feed of scorching chips and settled right down to wait. Lesley arrived at three p. m. after shedding Thom and Liz again to Merrimbula. She additionally had accredited a part of the blame for the cut up constructing, yet was once feeling much freer along with her offerings of what to do, now that she was once on her personal. Offshore a southerly wind was once nonetheless blowing. I introduced to utilize the possible infrequent following stipulations. the ocean used to be lifting, with fairly a lump working, as I closed on Cape Dromedary, close to our subsequent assembly in secret Bay. I flew alongside, browsing at each chance. within reach of the bay, a wave broke over me at shoulder top. i used to be donning a gentle linen blouse as safeguard from sunburn. because the wave subsided, I felt a stinging sensation on my chest which speedily unfold to my correct arm. I ripped open the blouse yet may possibly see no signal of jellyfish or Portuguese Man-of-war tentacles. The ache used to be agonizing, bringing tears to my eyes. I gritted my enamel, approximately screaming with soreness, and paddled difficult for the seashore.

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