We met-up with Amy andMel as promised a few days earlier for the trip in the Tubes down the river. Time soon passing by it was pushing 2pm by the time we got to the first bar at the top of the river.
The sun was out, no sign of rain for a change, beers and tree swings into the river, well fun! We had a couple of beers at the first bar then floated down the river about 100 yards to the next bar, as its wet season the river was rapid. As you approach the bars the staff throw our rubber rings you grab and they heave you ashore. In true tubing fashion Rachael soon cracked her shin on a jagged rock, roll on infection....... Tom used the wicked zip line, a beer later we were off again.
The next bar was just mud, mud and more mud. Big pools of it, Amy and Mel dragged Rachael along the floor and dumped her in the mud bath, hilarious. By this stage our "Dry bags" had proved to not be so and all the money was wet through, thankfully we didn't bring the camera, but unfortunately no photos.
A little worse for wear at dusk we set off back knowing this stretch would take a little longer, but not this long! We were floating down shivering with a couple of girls we'd met in the previous bar as it started to go dark. Soon it was pitch black with only the river to guide us, lightening flashing in every direction it was going to rain very heavy, this wasn't such a good idea. About 45 minutes later lights were ashore and we managed to pull ourselves in return the rubber tubes and have a wash.
In the shower nursing the tubing wounds we'd each picked up through the day, it started with the monsoon rains. Hungry we ran to a neighbouring bar and grabbed something to eat. We were sat eating and one of the guys we'd spoken to earlier on the river walked in soaking wet and filthy. He'd set off down river later than us and regretted it, he'd got totally lost, thought he'd gone too far, and gone ashore at some random spot. Frightened for his life (not kidding) and having no idea where he was, he paid a random guy with a car a fortune to take him back to town. A least we didn't have to go through all that!