Guest DAYTONA-BILL Posted June 16, 2010 Share Posted June 16, 2010 Our holiday started with Karen and i leaving home in Dorset on the Friday, and take a drive to Gravesend and see dad and stay the night. The following morning (sat 5th) We went just round the corner to meet up with the rest of the crew, that being my brother Trev (for this tale known as SPRINT ST-TREV) and his partner Maria. SPRINT ST-TREV was still finishing some last second bits and pieces for work which is usual. Once finished we finally got away about 11-00am and our next stop was planned to be a diversion to Loddon for lunch at Rosie Lee`s tea room. First traffic jam at the entrance to the Dartford tunnell, but that did`nt take too long, so we hoped for a trouble free run, which did`nt turn out to be the case. Second traffic jam was at the A127 junction on the M25, but again it was`nt too long. The rest of the journey went without incident, accept for a minor jam just before ipswich. After that it was plain sailing all the way to Loddon and lunch as planned. It seems to be the norm now, that no matter where we pick the boat up, we always stop here for lunch, as it starts the holiday off nicely. and the food and service from Caroine and her staff is always excellent. So after lunch, it was time to head for Acle bridge to get our home for the week. The unfortunate thing was, the weather was lovely and sunny when we set off from Gravesend, but when we arrived in Norfolk, the dreaded clouds started to form. Never mind, we`ll make the best of whatever mother nature throws at us, which is a good job as that`s what she did later in the week. I was decided the trip to Acle bridge should be via Reedham ferry, which is always good as it brings back memories. We arrived at Bridgecraft at 3-30pm, two and a half hours later than i`d planned, but never mind, we had a nice lunch elsewhere on the broads and we always enjoy the journey up, and is always the first part of the holiday. We checked in and were told by the owners Tower bridge is ready and waiting, and so we unloaded the car, and it was all aboard. After unloading, we took the car to Asda`s at Gt Yarmouth to stock up for a few days, and would restock en-route throughout the week. Provisions got (and a few surprises for me on Monday the 7th) and it was back to the boat. We finally got underway at about 6-00pm, and all the madness of the 3RR had disappeared, so it was a short cruise to somewhere for the first night aboard. We bought some disposable bar b que`s and decide to have one that night, so we needed to moor somewhere where we could have one, and decided on Womack water. As we headed up Womack dyke, we noticed the BA moorings at the back of the island only had one boat on them, a Jamaica class from Rihardsons, so it was decided that we would moor there for the night, and we would`nt smoke anybody out with the bar b que, and in fact, the family on the Jamaica had one sparked up themselves. So with skillfull manouvering, SPRINT ST-TREV brought Tower bridge alongside, and we were finally settled for our first night afloat. I sparked up the barb b, and we all sat down to a relaxing first night meal. After all was squared away, it was time to retire to the TV for a while before finally turning in for the night. There`s something magical about your fist night afloat, even though it was to the sound of the patter of raindrops on the cabin top. Who cares?, with a bit of luck, it will disappear overnight, and we would be treated to a beautiful sunny Sunday Broadland morning. Good night all. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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