Day 122 – In all probability we and our kayaks have had their last dip in Russian waters. At least for now – 1 July

Day 122. 1st of July. Short paddling trip from Rabocheovstrosk. 17 km, 7.6 km/hr average.

We paddled a short trip out into the Kuzova Archipelago. It is a real “skjærgård” with “svaberg” and some small sandy beaches. But not exactly inviting sea temperatures. We tested at lunch, but that was just to tag off “have swum in the White Sea”.

After lunch we did some self and comrade rescue training, before we paddled back in time to watch the “Russian miracle” against Spain.

We also experienced a small problem in that our transport for tomorrow declared a no show.

Stein contacted our friend Stas in Petrozavodsk who had helped us arrange transport in the first place.

Before the soccer game was over our problem was also solved.

Back to a ten o’clock departure for Kandalaksha tomorrow.

In all probability we and our kayaks have had their last dip in Russian waters. At least for now. In particular the White Sea could be an interesting destination another time. Combining interesting paddling with inviting seascapes, wildlife and important cultural history and institutions.

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