Two part question, one general and one more specific for anyone who knows the River Spey.
1. What type of speeds do any of you use when planning a multi day packrafting trip?
Obviously there will be a difference if paddling flat water, a slow flowing river, a fast flowing river or tidal waters, but is there a rough guide that some have used that has proved accurate?
I'm planning a trip from Loch Spey down the river Spey to near Keith at the beginning of October. I only have a limited window from getting off the train at Roy Bridge and getting back on the train in Keith so I have planned for 35 km per day.
2. For anyone who know rivers Spey, is that too optimistic? Any idea on flow rates?
I have a backup plan if I do not make the distance planned. I will mountain bike in from Roy Bridge to Loch Spey. If I do not make good time along the river, I can jump ahead on the bike to make up the time. I would still be interested on people's opinions on questions 1 & 2.
Overall goal of trip is to test out all my gear associated with a bike raft trip on a relatively tame river in Scotland before I move back to Canada and do some more ambitious trips with my son.