An early start from home saw me standing on the shore of Embalse de Negratín, at a new launching place (for me) at the foot of Jabalcón, at just before 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning. It was nice to find that is was possible to drive right down to the water here - and even nicer to find it was still cool in the shade of the mountain. The summer heat is now building up steadily in southern Spain.
By 8:40 a.m. I was afloat and paddling into a gentle headwind towards the top end of the reservoir. This was all new territory for me, and I could have gone in any direction - but that wind was the deciding factor. It was forecast to freshen in the afternoon, so, if that forecast was inaccurate and it freshened early, I would have the wind behind me coming back.
My gps thingy recorded only 4.9 kilometres paddled, but it must have been more like 9 kilometres. About an hour into my trip the gps unit showed a low battery warning and after that it kept turning itself off. I hadn't found anything in the manual about what happens if you ignore the low battery level, but now I know - it goes into battery saving mode, by turning itself off!