The starting point of this family adventure. Dorothée and Benjamin, the M6 TV crew, are here too to follow us on this fluvial journey. The documentary they will be doing on us will be broadcast next summer on the programme "Zone Interdite."
It's time to get our equipment ready. The inflation of the first kayak seems intuitive. We inflate the bottom, then the sides a little bit, even it out, and then all that's left is to put the seats in.
For safety, our two youngest girls are wearing 100 Newton life jackets, which is mandatory because they cannot swim. The others, adults included, will always be wearing a 50N buoyancy aid.
In less than an hour, quickly and efficiently, we are ready to load the three inflatable kayaks with food for four days, along with the stove, sleeping bags, tent, spare clothes, and the whole family.
We are finally ready for our first 4.5 km on the Leyre. Two hours in the branches and upper reaches on the first day, that's not bad going! But I admit that we are mostly taking in the natural beauty of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park. The Leyre zigzags in all directions, you have to keep an eye out for the branches, which have been cut for watercourse maintenance, but that we sometimes get our boats stuck in.
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