Alon and I were separated for 2 hours in Hobart, after we have spent already side by side, mattress by mattress,
kayak by kayak more than a month. Finally I was walking alone, by myself, enjoying the silence, the thoughts swimming freely
to my head, the complete absorbency in the surrounding streets, people, cafe and the blue skies.
I could stop wherever I want, lay on the grass, open the book without leaking a single word.
I read, and got up, heading back the center of the city.
I still have 45 minutes of loneness before our scheduled dinner.
I entered a small cafe to have my small cup of cappucinno and bumped into Alon there.
He is sitting by the table at the final stages of espresso. I feel like I met a friend that I haven't seen ages before. I missed him.
I discovered a new friend in this expedition. I see Alon collapsing while long walks trying to stretch his agonizing leg. I see him paddling in 5 meters huge waves, stopping for a moment to open the spraydeck and take a few pictures with his camera. He's nuts. He cooks the porridge every morning, cause I burn it each time. We sing songs on the water. Two different languages, Russian and Hebrew, merge together in a funny mix. We sit still in the kayaks, keeping the paddles as low as possible. The screaming 45 knots wind tries to twist the paddle in my hands. We wait till the gust will calm down a little. We struggle not to capsize. Alon's face expresses about the same as the cliff on our left side: nothing. We are both tensed and concentrated, but no one shows the fear dancing inside. The highest sea. The biggest breaking wave. The strongest wind. The longest paddled distance. Somehow we experienced it all when we were together.
Tasmania will always be a unique place for me. Circumnavigating the Island was my first big kayak accomplishment.
I discovered for the first time what I could do; I could paddle in rough conditions,
I could overcome pain and I could push myself to the limit and enjoy it.
This expedition proved to me that the mind is the strongest instrument and by sheer determination I can manage anything. I have learnt so much about myself and more. This expedition taught me also the value of a good friend which was the most amazing thing to happen to me. Misha was a good friend prior to this expedition but during long days of paddling and at times in very difficult conditions our friendship grew stronger. We did argue and we did have disagreements but we knew how to overcome them.
Misha and I promised ourselves that we would never forget the hardships we experienced and would never romanticize our expedition. After a few weeks or months one forgets most of the difficulties and is left with nice memories and a huge sense of achievement.
The people we met, the wildlife and the beautiful scenery topped it all.
|Wind (kn)||Waves (m)|
|Burnie (N)||20 km||VRB <5||Calm|
|Stanley (N)||68 km||20-25||2-2.5|
|Robbins Island (N)||48 km||15-25||1.5-2|
|Mount Cameroon (NW)||47 km|| (am)
|Temma (W)||53 km|| 20 (am)
|Pieman River (W)||64 km||10-20||2-2.5|
|Macourie Harbour (W)||68 km||20-25||4|
|Points Hibbs (W)||65 km||5-10||1-1.5|
|Nye Bay (SW)||63 km||10-20||2-2.5|
|Stephens Bay (SW)||50 km|| 15-20 (am)
|Wind (kn)||Waves (m)|
|Louisa Bay (S)||56 km|| (am)
|Cockle Creek (SE)||62 km||25-35||2.5-3|
|Cookville (E)||57 km||20-30||2.5-3|
|Adventure Bay (E)||14 km||25-35||1-1.5|
|Eaglehawk Neck (E)||76 km|| (am)
|Maria Island (E)||46 km||20-25||0.5-1.5|
|Schouten Island (E)||54 km||5-15||0.5-1|
|Bicheno (E)||55 km||20-30||0.5-1|
|Ironhouse Point (E)||36 km||20-25||0.5-1.5|
|Binalong Bay (E)||48 km||10-20||0.5|
|Pardon Bay (NE)||39 km||15-25||0.5|
|Waterhouse Island (N)||74 km|| (am)
|Weymouth (N)||48 km||10-15||0.5-1|
|Ulverstone (N)||87 km||5-10||Calm|
|Average per day||43.3 km|
|Average per paddling day||54 km|
Nigel Dennis who trained us and made us believe in ourselves.
Kerry Etkin of Align Physiotherapy and Pilates who contributed to the "hi-tech clothing" to keep us warm in the harsh conditions of Tassie.
Kerry also treated Alon for his back and shoulder injury.
Mark Elkington of Kayanu gave us an NDK kayak. Mark also gave us a repair kit and was a great support along the way.
Snap Dragon for giving us the use of their superb Spray decks.
Lendal who gave us two of their amazing paddles (Kinetik and Nordkapp).
Clive from Waterhouse island who gave us a shelter and dinner when we lost our tent.
Justine Curgenven & Earl de Blonville. They both circumnavigated Tassie before. Their advises helped us to plan our expedition.
Jenny & Fred from Bruny island who opened their heart and home to us.
Michael from Cockle Creek gave us shower and amazing wallaby burgers.
Fisherman Gary from Temma who gave us shower, beer and valuable advices for the West coast.
Linda from Weymouth. She gave us mattresses and blankets and saved us from sleeping another night on the ground.
William Cooper who informed our families on the tensed days on the SW coast.
All those fishermen who helped us with forecasts although we didn't always understand their accent. :-) They also gave us fresh water on the SW coast.
All our friends who followed our expedition reading the internet updates.
The one and only Inna Hoichman. She sat and worried every single day, sent us weather updates twice a day, updated the website and looked after the two kids at the same time. She was supportive all the way - thank you.
Last updated: June 24, 2005