The kilometres passed quickly as we drove to Albury listening to an audio book. We stopped at the Visitor Information Centre to collect brochures and see what is going on in the area.
There was a brochure about a canoe trip on the Murray for that afternoon starting at Noreuil Park.
Before going to the river for a paddle we walked down the length of Albury Railway station which has the longest platform and is a beautiful old building with very high ceilings .
After contacting the canoe group we found they were loading their boats on a trailer and driving 10 km up river. Then paddling downstream. Our boats were ready at the boat ramp so we agreed that we would paddle upstream and meet them half way.
Paddling upstream was going to be challenging with the fast flow. That was an understatement. It was jolly hard.
Roy thought the river would not be running as fast at the edge so we stayed close to the banks. Paddling for me was stressful as there were submerged branches to avoid and many turns in the river and I had to keep changing direction. Some times my kayak got tangled in the branches of fallen trees.
The river was flowing about 4 km an hour. We were able to paddle at 8 km per hour for 3 km against the current. We could see the canoe group in the distance so we turned around and paddled back with them.
A refreshing swim in the river finished off our first day.