Dusi 3:23:11  40.83 km (4:59 / km) +226m 4:51 / km
Day 2, 2023. 100 cumecs coming down the mngeni making the organisers very nervous, they made some good calls for the overall field to portage confluence, a silly one to portage Marianne Foley as we still paddled under the bridge, and a good decision to portage gumtree and thombi. Kinda ruling out potential gains for me, I lost a few places on Ngumeni hills as I was unsure of some of the paths and then was slow on the gumtree portage, paddling up to hippo I saw 3/4 boats portaging but it was not compulsory (yet), so I went for it and came close to making it but sadly swam, thankfully not losing any time, it was big, plenty water going over a big waterfall :)
I caught up to Christi and we chased a bunch of 3 all the way to the finish, they are 8sec ahead of us, and I’m in 21st today, not ruling out a top 20 tomorrow! Some big water on the cards, with only 4 rapid’s compulsory portages, thankfully the will be something in it for the river paddlers.