By Laura Dale
An explorer tied to an office has the most oar-some commute ever – KAYAKING to work down the river Thames.
Explorer George Bullard leaves his home in the morning on an inflatable kayak which he paddles to work in.
George, 28, hated hiscommute on the tube so much he decided to ditch the rush hour crush and get to work by Kayak.
George said: “The Thames is the breathing hole to London, it’s nice to be out on the river and to have the wind in my face instead of an armpit on the tube.
“I paddle in and back like any normal commuter and because the kayak is blow-up I can just deflate it and put it in my backpack although it’s a stretch to say I blend in.
“I see a lot of people around London just existing on their commute which is something they do every day so why not make it fun as possible.”
When a record-breaking adventurer took on an office based job, his day-to-day life was always going to be a bit different.
George, who grew up in Norwich, kayaks to the IGO Adventures office in Wandsworth from his home in Limehouse, East London.
From Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament, the endurance athlete paddles past some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions all in one commute to work on his kayak.
George said: “I’ve done it now for a year, paddling from East London down to Wandsworth whenever conditions are right.
“I commute completely differently because adventures are part of my life.
“I kayaked across the North Atlantic last year, and when I came back, I wasn’t quite ready to go back to a normal 9-5 job.
“Occasionally the weather isn’t great but I guess that’s part and parcel of being an adventurer.”
Delays and queues may not be much of an issue for George but he does warn anyone keen to take up the unusual mode of transport that the Thames comes with its own challenges.
“The tide on the Thames goes quite quickly there’s no point going against it so you have to wait for the right tide to make it possible.
“You can get into trouble quite quickly because it’s a tidal stretch of river. Then the tide switches- it becomes a very complicated animal and I can get the wind blowing up against me in the opposite direction.
“I do love to take people up the Thames but it’s a dangerous place as there’s a lot of traffic and there are rules of the river.
“It’s very easy to do but I wouldn’t want to be responsible for hundreds of people causing chaos on the river as they take on the alternative commute themselves.
“It’s not a daily occurrence but I take the river whenever I can two or three times a week.”
The distance from hopping into his kayak at Limehouse to hopping out about ten miles west takes George an hour-and-a-half which takes 30 minutes longer than tube travel.
George added: “I’m happy for it to take a little longer by Kayak to avoid having to actually get on the tube.”