Three years ago, Gavin fixed the Rotator Cuff Tear in my left shoulder. For the past few months I’ve had a similar problem with my right shoulder, though the muscle concerned is different from the one that caused a problem with my left shoulder. This time, there was pain when I tried to put on a jacket or take off a T-shirt, but other movements were OK – in fact there was no problem with kayaking.
I tried the exercises that Gavin gave me last time, but because it was a different muscle this time, they didn’t work, so it was back to the NHS physiotherapists after calling the relevant NHS Helpline and waiting a few weeks.
The physios are really good. This time it was Susan, who listened whilst I described the problem, then gave me a series of exercises. Within a couple of days I could tell that the exercises were beginning to work, so I stuck at them. Susan gave me more exercises on subsequent appointments, finishing with some weight work to build up strength in the shoulder. She also helped me with the knee problem I’ve had for a few weeks.
I’d say that the shoulder is now 85% fixed, and I just need to keep up the exercises for a while.
I’m impressed with the NHS Physiotherapy service.
The next trip started with calm weather, which allowed me to take a couple of photos whilst in the kayak. We paddled to Koločep Island, had lunch, and then went back to Sunj.
From the top of Koločep Island, you can see over towards Dubrovnik
By the time we were ready to return to Sunj, the wind had got up, and it was a bit of a struggle. We decided to get the golf buggy taxi back over the island to Lopud town.
Our next day’s kayaking was half way round Lopud Island to Sunj Beach. This turned out to be the roughest day, weather wise, with waves 1.5 metres high. It took a lot of effort to paddle round the south east point, but it was quite exciting.
We left the kayaks on the beach, and walked back across the island via the fort, which was much more impressive than it looked from Lopud Beach.
On the track to the fort is the very old and tiny chapel of St Nicholas.
View from the fort
Šipan is bigger than Lopud, and is in fact the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. There’s an attractive harbour at Sudurad, with a couple of cafes.
It’s a popular place for kayaking.
We parked our kayaks and walked a few kilometres up tracks into the interior.
We had a nice lunch at a house on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere, to which there was only a rough path. The couple who live there are pretty self sufficient.
Inside was an olive press, parts of which were 500 years old.
There was quite a menagerie, including Susie the donkey, Socco the horse, some chickens and goats.
Lindsey and I very much enjoyed our week of sea kayaking in Croatia. The holiday was arranged through Huck Finn Adventure Travel, and I’d recommend them if you’re thinking of a holiday in Croatia.
It was a well designed break, with just the right amount and variety of activities.
After a very early flight, we were met at the airport, driven up the coast to Zaton, and then a speedboat took us to our base on Lopud Island.
We had expected fairly rustic accommodation, but our apartment was modern and spacious.
Lopud is an attractive island. There are no cars, but golf buggy taxis are available if you you don’t want to walk across the island to Sunj Beach.
In the distance is Šipan Island. On the second day we kayaked there and back, which was just about the right distance for the first outing.
Arriving on Šipan
We decided on a double kayak. I found the crew (Lindsey) to be rather mutinous, until our guide, Stephano, pointed out that the person sitting in the front should not really try to steer the kayak.