Dusi 2:51:13  31.32 km (5:28 / km) +301m 5:13 / km
2018 Dusi Day 3, k2 with Alistair
Last day of dusi. Ali and I started with the last boats of elapsed time at around 11.30, the river was low and we had heard from earlier batches that the burma road portage was the only option, thankfully we could get through the rapids below the dam ok, but very slowly.
Burma was all that it’s made out to be with a 10&12min km’s going up and a maize of sneaks going down the other side, we relied on a local crew for some directions, still taking a few incorrect turns. Shooting Pumphouse was a good option saving massive time and easier at this level.
We were didn’t really gain or lose any positions, but two boats in A batch caught time on us and we ended 29th. Very happy with the result, day 1 could have been cleaner and my paddling could have been a bit stronger as I struggled a bit towards the end of each day, running felt good and I had a good feel for the river which saved us a lot! No dusi guts either, only heard of two cases so much better than expected.
Dusi is such a good news story. 14 out of the 20 guys in the top 10 were development paddlers, it’s good to be part of this sport.
Our Burma run: 37:51, 4.35km over / 7.4km around (Sibonelo & Siseko were 27:24) (Our estimated paddling time is 43.5min based on our speed from tops to burma), so a saving for us, but losing on the runners.