OK - that's not quite true... the river itself was not a problem but "Fall Ing" lock was a barsteward with a horrendous wind attacking me as we ascended.
I'll go back to the beginning...
Our mooring is on the Aire & Calder Navigation at Stanley ferry - which means if we head out on the boat in one direction we can do a couple of locks and boring straight bits before heading out onto the river... THIS is what we've been doing occasionally since we finally got the boat. On New Years eve I decided to try and talk Andy into "manning up" and us going the other way ... to the Ruddy Duck pub in Wakefield for lunch.
To most boaters, this is an easy hours/maybe 1 and a bit chug. To us however, it was an adventure - necessitating the connection of the anchor AND the donning life Life-jackets.
It might seem bonkers, but although we've hired boats for a few years, as of yet (well then) we'd never been on a river. We've kept putting it off - using excuses that there's far too much to do on board to justify excursions. The wind was a building a bit when we'd finished filling up with water and we NEARLY used it as an excuse not to go. A bit of arm
Having discussed it before hand, once we got out of sight of our boating neighbours, we slowed a bit and both put on the self inflating life jackets I bought a few months back - they're a bit uncomfortable but as I'd checked the water temperature earlier (2.5 degrees) we agreed in the event of one of us going overboard, we'd need them.
We agreed on a "horn blast" code which on the river meant something's gone wrong with the engine so sling the anchor in or in a lock, something's going wrong drop all paddles immediately.
With that in our heads off we chugged, taking a few photos just in case it was to be our last journey lol.