Ruthlessly taking advantage of the extraordinary generosity and hospitality of Sue and Richard aboard Indigo Dream Kath and I took up their offer of a free ride on the St Pancras Cruising Club outing to the Royal Docks. Nearly all new water for us. Down through Bow locks into the tidal Bow Creek,
eastwards through the Thames Barrier,
running the gauntlet of the Woolwich Ferry,
and then into the truly gargantuan Royal Docks, so large they have an airport in the middle. It might look like we're going out to sea here but what you see is the inside of just one of the huge pair of docks.
Here we dash across the width of the dock
While an airliner comes into land over our heads
and another prepares to take off next to us
And so, in the failing light, almost back to the dome again, but this time "inland"
Not a bad little cruise eh?
Indigo Dream was one of a convoy of eleven narrowboats making the trip all well spaced out but in radio contact in case of emergency. The safety briefing beforehand was the scariest part of the journey! Its a big dangerous river on which to have an engine failure or a fouled prop, and as for man overboard, well lets just say you can't just stand up and walk out like on many canals. In the event, the pouring rain stopped just in time, the river was calm, and there were no scary moments whatever. Having said that I was reassured by a brief spell at Indigo Dream's tiller when I discovered what ample smooth power she had. I am truly envious.
Apart from Richard and Sue (and their three greyhounds, Lou, Lynx and Ty), we were also joined aboard by fellow blogger Adam of Debdale (and Canal Boat Magazine) fame,
and by Alison who had just read the open invitation on Sue's blog and took up the offer.
What a day. Many many thanks to Sue and Richard and congrats to the St Pancras Cruising club for such a well organised cruise.
Come back tomorrow for some more pics. And keep an eye on the blogs of Sue and Adam for their take on the event.