Monday 6th September
Under a very threatening sky we set off through Avon Lock for our trip to Gloucester. The weather forecast said that the rain would hold off until about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. As with anything put out by the Met Office we took this with more hope than expectation. Carrying on through Lower Lode Lock we felt a splash of rain, but it came to nothing. Soon we could actually see where the sun was, but only briefly before the clouds returned. Continuing down stream we passed Haw Bridge, where Glavon TR's held 2 of its famous (or is that notorious?) weekenders. Wainlode's and The Red Lion pub was next, this is where Cath and I had our first experience of camping together complete with a totally mad dalmatian dog called Hector, who nearly had the tent down more than once. Never again!
The rain held off and we were still dry as we spied the lock at Gloucester. Entering Gloucester docks through the lock we were raised to the main basin level. Here there is ample free mooring at this time of year. We'll stay here a day or two before heading off for Sharpness.