Deepwater Point, Applecross to Shelley Bridges, 14km, 1 hour 52 minutes, Wind Southerly 5kts
Seabreeze.com.au, I am glad you were wrong. Instead of the 15kts that was predicted, Westy, M4P - freshly back from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - and I arrived at Deepwater Point to find a mirror-like Canning River.
By unspoken consensus, we had quite obviously decided that this would be an easy morning's paddle. M4P hadn't been out for a while and it isn't much fun paddling on your Pat Malone whilst your 'companions' disappear over the horizon.
The sun was threatening to emerge from the overcast skies when we departed the beach just to the north of the Deepwater Point Cafe, having parked on the side of the road to avoid the parking charge near the boat ramp. The rowing club were out in force and as we approached the Mount Henry Bridge some bloke who was squeezed into a full-body condom rowed past yelling at us to "get out of the way" of the three or four boats approaching. Sorry, champ. You are absolutely right. The rowing club does own the entire river, it is a privilege for me to be there, and it is entirely my fault if the four people in a boat - who are all facing backwards - run into someone. Did someone say something about 'proper and effective lookout'?
Undeterred and defiant we pushed on, and beyond the Mt Henry bridge appeared to have the rowing club's river all to ourselves. Ourselves and the six million jellyfish, that is.
|A 'traffic light' of skis|
The Canning River gets quite shallow if you don't follow the lateral marks and are seduced by the big, wide voids of open water and in a couple of instances we found our boats getting sucked down towards the bottom and our speed being immediately reduced (retarded?) by what is called shallow-water effect, or squat. It is quite obvious when it happens and speeding up your cadence to get out of it only exacerbates it. The only solution is to slow down and find deeper water.
By the time we returned to the Mt Henry Bridge we were all pretty hungry. The obvious solution would have been the Deepwater Cafe, but noting the ludicrous amount that they charge for Eggs Benedict we blew that idea off and decided to go to an old favorite, Blend at Melville.
Blend Cafe & Pizza Bar, 356 Marmion Street, Melville WA 6156
|A crap photo of Blend - but they wouldn't move their cars, even when I asked nicely...|
|Brekky Platter - $16|
Westy ordered the Brekky Platter, with eggs, toast, sausage, mushroom, tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. This sounded like a pretty good alternative to our usual massive Big Blend, and when it came out, it looked pretty bloody good. Westy certainly thought that his breakfast was at least on par with the Big Blend, although the absence of Blend's beans was stark.
M4P had scrambled eggs on toast, being a hater of porcine products on the basis that it reminds him of human flesh. He has never really fully explained that reasoning... Regardless, you can't really go wrong with scrambled eggs on toast, and Blend does them as well as anyone.
|Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon - $17|
But the Eggs Benedict was good. Not the best I've ever had, but it was right up there I reckon, and will prompt me to shortly add the Eggs Benny Index on the blog. I have to be careful though, because once I do that it will no doubt be reported every morning with the ASX, S&P, Dow Jones and NASDAQ indices. Anonymity is the key to blogging, particularly in the high-security world of the Gorilla Biscuit business where one slip up could see a rival dominate with a market-beating uglier product.
But I digress. The coffee here alone is a good reason to come. Reminiscent of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, our table had a cup, a mug and, yes, a bucket of coffee sitting there. OK so it's not an actual bucket but it is a rather large take-away cup. And because of the quality, it wasn't long (a short discussion on French breast implants and the strategic environment of the Asia Pacific - separate, not inter-twined topics) before it was all over Red Rover.
A good paddle followed by a good breakfast. Not a bad start to a Saturday.
Welcome back Kotter...err...Thomas.
Blend - good food and coffee, very good value. 8/10.
|Deepwater Point to Shelley Bridges, 14km return|