We finally got started on our trip to Portland, OR today. We’re going down to get all new canvas made for the fly bridge. It needs it desperately. We tried to make the trip about 3 weeks ago then I found out all the locks were going to be closed for annual maintenance. Bummer. Then we started out two weeks ago and ran into some strong winds so we turned back. We were looking at starting yesterday but, given our prior luck I didn’t think it wise to start on Friday the 13th. So we pulled out of the slip about 10:30 this morning with light winds and the forecast was for them to lessen as the day went on. After a short wait for the railroad bridge to lift we got underway. The first leg of the trip was a 36 mile leg to McNary Lock and things looked good for us to make that without any issues. Winds were light, waves only 1’-2’ and the sun was trying to peek through a high overcast. We were cruising along at about 11kts-12kts when we came up behind a tug with two barges of wood chips when we were about 15 miles from the lock. I knew the lockmaster would not let us go down then have to raise the lock for the tug so we had no choice but to fall in behind and follow him at 7.5kts for two hours to the lock. Bummer. He went in first and took a stbd tie. We had been rigged for a stbd tie so we had to re-rig all the lines and fenders. Bummer. The good side of it was we took the forward most bollard and when we got the green light we left before he did. We got into the locks about 1:30 (we had planned on being there around noonish) and got out around 2:00. From then on it was a pretty uneventful cruise all the way to Arlington, OR and we arrived a bit after 5:00. This is a nice marina and in the last year or two they have installed power at most of the docks. Their slips are short, about 25’, so we took a side tie. No problem. The power pedestal was right across the dock from us. They only had 30A 120V power so I used my “two into one” adapter. That gives me 240V and the boat makes the adjustments necessary to convert it to 120V. No sooner did we tie up than my Admiral handed me a cold beer. Bless her little pea picking heart! We paid the $30 fee for the night and we’re set. My track recorder on the GPS showed we cruised 73.6nm in 7:52. We would have gotten here sooner had it not been for the tug. Oh well, stuff happens. Tomorrow we will travel about 75 miles if we go to Hood River, 55 if we stop at The Dalles. We have two locks to pass through tomorrow so that will slow us down a bit even if we don’t have to wait for any slow moving tugs. I took some photos today but will wait until we get back home Monday night to upload them. We’re having grilled pork tenderloin, sauerkraut and peas for dinner. And more beer.