When we came up I had an entry saying we stayed in Portsmouth. Technically, we were close, staying in a state park, but it was too far to get to town. This private boat club is right outside the town walls. The flood walls here are known for their murals. They are some of the best we've seen, but pictures didn't do it justice. Google them!
Long day, nearly 9 hours. But the water and air were pleasant, and there was just a little haze which kept the temps down.
|The day started a little foggy, turning into hazy.|
There's a lock out there, somewhere.
Got through 2 locks today. The first of which was easy except for the entry light. We approached the lock in the fog, so we could just make out the red light and slowed. Typically that mean the doors are shut. When we got there, the fog lifted a bit, and we clearly saw the doors open and waiting. Yep. I rolled my eyes.
The second, however, was a near bummer. As we got within 3 miles of the lock, our typical distance to hail them, a tow wanting to be locked up (Bruce D) hailed them. We could tell by our AIS that another tow, Fritz (still the best boat name), was already in the chamber (which would be the BIG one). The lockmaster asked how big Bruce was, and it was settled he could fit in the small chamber. DRAT!!!! Knowing that meant we'd have to wait for him to come up before we could lock down we immediately hailed the lockmaster in case the chamber happened to be on our side already. Alas, he told us it would be a while.
|This is a mixed message. The first lock|
had the doors open, but if you look
to the left the red light is on.
In the fog as we approached, we only saw the light.
Fritz had made it up and was coming out of his chamber. Meanwhile, Bruce D wasn't anywhere near the chamber. Tows move very slowly getting into and out of the lock. Watching the AIS and Bruce's painfully slow entrance, the lockmaster hailed us again. No tows needed to go down anytime soon so he offered to lock us through in the big chamber.
|Russ is pushing off a tree. These were coming|
down the river all night in Point Pleasant.
We finally moved the boat around 9 pm behind the
dock and onto the wall to avoid being rammed with
trees all night long.
So we only had a half hour delay or so. We got in and docked without any other issues.
Total lock count: 40