2 months earlier, the Swiss, Micheline, paddled 450 Km from Bordeaux to Port la Nouvelle in 18 days, proving that anything is possible at 57; Pierre Paul Riquet’s age when he started the construction of the Canal du Midi. The canal celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2016. What an achievement!
Unaided and 8 days less, 39 year old Ingrid managed to paddle 150 km more than Micheline from Port La Nouvelle. Her biggest challenge being the windy conditions on the Dordogne (130 km) and Fréjus / Corse (115km for it); this latter she paddled as part of a team.
Due to the wind, it took longer than expected to cover the early stages. From Toulouse, Ingrid decided to paddle on the Garonne, taking advantage of the currents and avoiding the canal locks that have to be crossed foot. In this way, she recovered the day lost on the Canal du Midi and made it to Royan in 9.5 days!
Ingrid wanted to prove to herself and others that we can regain confidence by surpassing ourselves.
Despite blisters, Ingrid was all smiles when she arrived in Agen on the 6th day. She had been paddling 13 hour days, encountered obstacles including the Beauregard dam; it was clear that she had already achieved her goal and that nothing could prevent her from reaching Royan.