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The night was relatively quiet even with the expected parties and music, but nothing too bad.  The morning looked awesome and Kerrie and I decided to make the most of it (while everybody was still asleep) and paddle from Bendeela campground to Tallowa Dam.

As it is a 21-kilometre paddle the choice was the kayak over the canoe.  I was not going to let the uncomfortable kayak defeat me this time.  I spent a considerable amount of time adjusting my seat and padding it with a towel.  This paid off in the first hour, I was very comfortable, and we paddled through nice country on a glassy river.  It was very relaxing and we didn’t see anyone for several hours.

Although the first half of the trip was nice, the second half turned out even more spectacular with rock walls flanking the river. We had a couple of stops en route for morning tea and a swim.

The river is dotted with a lot of quiet campsites and we made a note to come back here one day for a two-week trip exploring the river, especially after we talked to a couple of fishermen that had caught a lot of fish.

For some reason, we always seem to finish our paddling with a strong headwind, and this was no exception.  We struggled for the last 7-kilometres and were exhausted by the time we got to the dam.  It took us just under 4 hours for the 21-kilometres and the Tash and Luke met us for a lift back to camp and a well-deserved lunch.

Back at the campsite, half the campers had left, and it was astonishingly quiet.  We finished off the day swimming and some fun at the ever-popular rope swing.

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