The previous evening whilst having dinner we were talking to the fellow on nb Gertrude about leaving times and with the times for high and low tide known we all realised that an 0900 leaving time meant only one thing - we would be going head on into an out going tide.
|Very calm in the morning|
A leaving time of 14:00 or later appeared to be more in line with the tide times.
Sure enough when Tone phoned this morning the person on the other end realised that a mistake had been made and we were slotted into a 14:30 departure and now going on an incoming tide to get to Brentford about 1700 which is when the lock was opening anyway - all sorted.
So we had an additional 5 hours at our disposal - after a short walk to pickup a newspaper and some pastries (for morning tea), we then headedout for a walk down to
We had passed through
It is just so strange that being in such a large city and more specifically in a large, some would think of as out-of-the-way place for a Saturday, that we should run into but Sue (nb NoProblem) and Anne (nb Moore2Life) - but we did; they looking for the Underground and we looking for the services block.
After a quick rundown on what we were all doing we were all on our way
Eventually we found our point of interest and all was good again - so time to refill and a convenient Costa was found where we could also download a couple of shows from BBC - soneone else's broadband.
We made it back to the boat just in time to complete preparations before the rain came - nothing too heavy and not such that it would cause us any problem.
The rain ceased about 1300 and we could finalise the last minute things.
A third boat had been added to our convoy - nb Spiders Web (Irene and Barry) was travelling to Teddington and whilst licensed with VHF, felt a bit more comfortable with someone who had done it all before (Tone and Julie).
We had been chatting with both of them the previous evening and again that morning and they were a lovely couple, so we had no problems.
So we all congregated in the lock ready for the time to go out...
(here is a selection of the 500 photographs that were taken during the journey)
|waiting in the lock|
|gates are open and we cannot yet gauge what awaits us|
|bye Barry - see you on the other side|
|We are out|
|Fairly choppy at first...|
|...and then the clipper ferries come along - they don't (won't) slow down for us|
|looking back at Canary Wharf and another clipper coming along - you just|
know that you are in for a rough ride with them
|Tower Bridge and to the left is The Shard|
|The Globe theatre|
|Millenium Bridge and St.Paul's|
|we were doing 1500-1600 rpm most of the way - a bit more than the normal 1100|
|We both love this panorama photo|
|The headquarters of MI6|
|Vauxhall Bridge - on each side are placed 4 sculptures of figures representing|
Agriculture, Architecture, Engineering, Pottery, Science, Fine Arts, Local
Government and Education - interestingly they can only be seen from the river
|MI6 behind Vauxhall Bridge|
|Battersea Power Station|
|Chelsea Flower Show|
|One for Andy - Fulham FC|
|We were nearing Brentford, so time for us to slowdown a bit and for |
Barry and Irene to carry on ahead
|The entrance to the River Brent|
|Moored boats on the pontoons for the lock|
|according to Tone - this is a wide-beam; Diane pointed out we could breast up|
safely as it had a white fender
|Readying ourselves for the lock|
|above the lock we still had a little way to go - and now back to weaving in and out|
amongst other boats
|approaching Brentford Lock|
Finally after 3 additional locks to the Thames Lock we moored up at Hanwell - just at the bottom of the Hanwell flight - having had about enough for the day - a day of impending concern (trepidation one might say for Diane); but we conquered all of that without any problems - a bit harem scarem when we first came out from Limehouse Lock, but in the end we just enjoyed it.
We were all ready to eat and have a drink so we quickly adjourned to The Fox - we can highly recommend it - the food was excellent, the prices were reasonable and the drinks were just as good.
There is just one last thing to say - we are truly lucky to have met Julie and Tone all those years ago when we were wet-behind-the-ears novices; smart enough to keep in contact with them; and grateful to them for taking us along for this incredible journey that we have made today - Thanks guys!
18 Miles, 5 Locks
YTD: 366 Miles, 197 Locks, 8 Tunnels, 2
Totals: 3260 Miles, 2318 Locks, 106 Tunnels, 36