Getting The 9R wet on the Wellerbrücke

So its time been a while since I've been on proper white water and I was super excited get the Pyranha 9R wet. I received my brand new set of Lettmann Paddles and had them set up ready for action before our monster journey.

Here's one of my training runs Wellerbrücke rapids that will be hosting the 2015 Adidas SickLine World Championships in just a few days time. The levels are low which is making things tricky with a few different lines to choose from.

It feels so good to be back on the water keeping warm and dry in my Nookie Paddle sports gear. A big thanks to AdventureX too for their support in making it possible for me to be here.

Adidas Sick Line Time

I have been recovering well over the last month or so and beginning to get back in a boat more and more. I've decided I'm going to risk my progress and head out for the Sick Line - Whats the worst that can happen right? If I stick to solid paddling and keep focused on my posture my physio thinks all be fine - that's a green light in any paddlers book.

I offered a seat or two on the way out and ended up with a full car, with 5 boats to load up on top. I had to make some modifications to my roof bars to accommodate everything - nothing a couple of bed frame bars and duct tape couldn't handle!

Security had a field day searching my car but of course, my made it through as did our river knifes.

The journey across mainland Europe was long with lots of road works and with getting stuck in some major traffic following a crash on the Auto Bahn which required resurfacing before we could continue on.

There was a lot  sleeping going on for pretty much the whole 30 hours of travel - but not at the wheel. We made it!

How to replace 1.6 TDCI / HDI Fuel Filter and bleed DIY

So after having previously changed my fuel filter on my 2009 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI and finding there is no manual bleed, and being a full canister swap as apposed to a straight forward gravity fed filter change I had an air lock in the system and thus had the none start issue it appears so many of you are facing with DIY filter changes.

My Father being an ex mechanic I've learned some along the way and devised a cost effective alternative to the official equipment used by Ford in the dealership garages and put together this tutorial video to help those who are struggling with this issue.

The filter comes in a canister and is not separate so is pricey (around £40 from none dealer ) but all you will need is a 8mm socket set, a one way valve bulb, a link to which is provided in the video details, and some clear tube.