2012-01-21 52 1
In the middle of the tidal river at Oulton Broad, just below the lock gate.
Expedition - Fail
If this hashpoint had been a very short distance further west, above the lock gate in the non tidal part of Oulton Broad, it might have been possible to hire a rowing boat and complete the expedition. However it's unlikely that the rowing boats would be for hire in January so this was a double fail. Below the lock gate, only sea worthy craft are allowed. Access to the sea is via Lowestoft harbour.
On this day, Sourcerer was suffering from a head cold with several very wet sneezes per minute. Under other circumstances he might have visited the marina and tried to blag a mini-cruise from someone doing boat maintenance. It was really wet and windy so perhaps no-one would have been about.
The broads are attractive man made lakes created by historical peat digging. They now form a major nature reserve covering much of east Norfolk and parts of Suffolk. The broads are reached by a network of tidal rivers and canals.
Had I researched this hashpoint more carefully, it would have been obvious that it was unreachable.
At first glance it seemed to be in the middle of a built-up area only a few miles from my home. So ALWAYS have a good look at Google maps or Earth!
Failures come in threes.
| Sourcerer earned the My kingdom for a boat consolation prize
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|Shuniah, Ontario||User:Jack1254||A short distance from the main road in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.|
|Norwich, United Kingdom||Sourcerer||In the middle of the tidal river at Oulton Broad, just below the lock gate....|
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