Thursday, 21 March 2013

First trip

At 09.00 we left Saul junction on our journey up to Upton upon severn marina and with the temperature at 3 deg we wrapped up with plenty of layers.
After 2 hours and going through several swing bridges we arrived at Gloucester and our first lift bridge.A call on the vhf radio and the bridge keeper lifts the bridge.

Carolyn having a good laugh at my boat handling skills (or lack of them).
This is the lock that drops you down onto the river Severn.Getting in was no problem and getting the bow in against the wall was ok but the stern would not go in.You have to get in close so you can rope off to cables which run down the side of lock to stop the boat moving about when the lock fills and empties.Eventually we got the stern in and got through the lock onto the river.
Why is it when you mess something up people are always watching you. Still they had a good laugh.
The river was running very fast with plenty of debris floating by and with the engine running at over 2000 revs it was slow going.
Carolyn on the steering for the first time.

Didn't even have time to stop for a drink.

 Coming out of Lode lock the second lock of the day.No problems this time.That's because we didn't have any people watching us.
Approaching Telfords bridge at Tewkesbury.

At last we make it to upton marina.

After 7 hours of non stop travelling Inca is moored up for the next month.

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