As the Masters Games are currently in town and doing their bit on the river, I figured it might be a little busy on that section so I hit the river below the breakwater and headed down to the lower break. This is one of my favourite sections for paddling as the scenery is predominantly rural and the river remains relatively wide with no serious obstructions - although perhaps it might be best avoided if the water ski club are holding an event as things can get a little busy at the end of Wilson's Road.
|"Greenbanks" at Marshall|
|Mudlark chicks in a nest overhanging the river at Marshall|
Meanwhile, on the bank, this little parade made its way under the nearest fence to what it considered a safe distance.
|Australian Wood Duck family at Marshall|
|The view from the lower breakwater|
|The lower breakwater|
So I snapped a few shots and turned around. Almost immediately I was hit by a wall of wind and had to plough my way through the chop on the surface of the river to the next quiet patch before repeating the process at regular intervals the entire 8km back to Breakwater.
|A deceptively peaceful Barwon River at Breakwater|
However, I managed it eventually with only a few blisters and without actually being blown back downstream at any point. My arms and back certainly got that workout I was looking for. Now I just hope the effects wear off before next weekend's paddle...