Myself and Angus are the return crew. We pick her up from Paul Barber at Wyvern Marine. Paul has also done some steel work which will make the bow seats more stable. He has also filled my greaser with his "special grease", let's see if it lasts as long as he suggests.
The marina at Wyvern is just by the furthest bridge in the picture above. The water on the Erewash was very clear. From the Erewash we turned onto the River Trent, flow was fine.
We them motored up to Sawley hydraulic lock which was very busy and I managed to cock up going into the lock because I could not offload my mucker due to the number of boats. Never mind, we were soon out and off to the pump out at Sawley Marina. Pump out done we pegged it to the Trent and Mersey at Derwent Lock.
Here's us leaving Sawley for the last bit of Trent before Derwent.
The journey became easier as we doubled up with NB Serendipity.
At Weston, a boat coming into the lock to go down came in fast and will slow down, it will slow down, Please slow down! Bugger it did not and crashed into the gates, person driving forgot where she was, numpty. Anyhow, no damage seen and we locked up.
Swarkstone beckoned and our locking friends said goodbye after we locked up, they were stopping for lunch, we were heading for Branston!
We arrived at Stensons at 3pm. I have decided that the ground paddles there should only be used after we have let some water in from the top paddles as the lock is too shallow to maintain reverse thus keeping away from the leaky top gates. Success, it worked well.
One odd event was after Tattenhill lock. As usual, I slowed right down as a boat passed us going tother way. As we passed the muppet shouted where did we get our speedboat from. We were going very slow and I can only guess that Mr idiots Mrs could not control the boat very well, she seemed to be struggling before we passed. Anyhow he provided a few expletives and we laughed. His face was bright red and he just did not get it, sad.
Overnight was at Branston, as planned and we took advantage of the Bruige Inn. Next morning an easy run to KB even if I was taking a conference call for a good part.
A few odds n sods photos, next trip in a couple of weeks, I hope! But with work being so busy, I just don't know.