David and his crew had obviously done a lot of planning for the trip to assist him achieve his goal. This involved designing a modified Kayak, a home made trolley to roll the Kayak in and out of the water and a manual lifting apparatus that would make any OHS department cringe but allows the crew to transfer David between his Kayak and wheelchair alongside the river. David later told me that he has a hoist at home but actually prefers to transfer using the manual lift rather than a hoist.
We left the guys to devour the rest of the available hot food the general store had to offer and have a well deserved rest before the afternoon paddle. David is an inspirational man and we wish him the best of luck for the rest of his journey. Here is is giving me the best thumbs up he could manage with his gloved and taped hands and then a photo of him paddling on after lunch.
After delaying our departure we decided to stay another night at Moorook. We tried a spot of fishing but with no luck at all and even “Pete the Pelican” gave up guarding the fishing rods.
This certainly reinforced the approach we are taking to cope with the condition which is to focus on the now rather than the distant future and to enjoy life while we can rather than continue with work commitments and risk not being able to achieve our goals – if a quadriplegic can kayak the length of the Murray there is no reason why we cannot drive around Australia!