The following morning after a sleepless night, searing stomach pains (nerves) and 10 trips to the loo we finally started our trip upstream. A short trip of 3 miles has never seemed so long, and while covered by the tide, the nasty rocks and mountainous sand banks were clearly etched on my mind. We made it to our first anchorage safely and anchored in a narrow gut at the mouth of Surveyors Creek where we had a clear view of the next sand banks we had to traverse to make it into the river. While Theo nervously checked out Leg 2 thru the binos I settled down to celebrate making it this far and kill any nerves for tomorrows trip.
The next morning Simon sounded out Leg 2 of the mission, once again taking waypoints climbing over banks before we headed up with the high tide. The rest of the journey upstream was uneventful, with mostly mangrove lined banks and rocky ledges. We went straight to the head of the navigable section of the river and anchored before the tidal rockbar. The rockbar separates the salt water river from the fresh water section and can only be crossed in the dinghy on a rising tide when the rapids calm down. The freshwater was the real attraction here and I couldn’t wait to explore the swimming pools!