|Journey's end for today at Great Barford|
Like yesterday, it was a day to stare nervously at all those tall waving willows – and at the ones that had already fallen or lost branches along the riverside!
|No, you're not seeing things. This is a garden on a widebeam's roof|
|The 400m 'Willow Bridge' runs right across the Ouse and floodplain|
A big tight S-bend comes as a surprising and welcoming challenge then it's more of the same straight running to Tempsford where 19th century and 20th century bridges carry the A1 cariageways over the water.
|Passing under the A1 bridges at Tempsford|
Shortly after this we reached our own play area, Roxton Lock. Here the river weir runs straight at you across the full width of the river as you approach the lock which is to the side of it. Coming upriver after two or three days of wet weather, the weir stream was pushing us hard towards the river edge and the landing stage. If we had needed to moor to open the lock, it would have been a fight back off against the force of it. But the lock was open we went straight in under a lot of power with the tiller hard over to keep the boat squared up...and hoping I'd got the right line and could stop quickly when in the lock. Fun.
|Heading for the lock with the weirstream at Roxton coming at us|
Just after the lock are attractive EA moorings on a village green, by a pub and overlooking the handsome, multiple stone arches of Barford Bridge. A lunch stop was soon agreed among the crew to become an end-of-play stop too.
Seven miles and four more locks tomorrow should see us in Bedford. Then we turn round and head back!
|Beyond the call of duty - brass polishing the exhaust on the move|