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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Nose to tail in the lock!

Thank goodness we have the internet again. Ian was beginning to wonder if our dongle had packed up as two little green lights has been flashing on the device instead of the continues blue light for days, but now that we have moored nearer to civilization ( Leamington Spa ) and by sticking the dongle out of the window and plugging it directly into the computer rather then having it as wireless, it is now working a treat.

We only managed 4.5 miles today and 10 locks. No other boat came along to share the locks with us so its been tough going having to turn most around. The fact that water levels are so low also made it hard going as we could only manage about 2 mph.

Low water levels all along this stretch of the Grand Union

We did meet a boat coming toward us at Bascot locks which coincided with us reaching the staircase locks at the same time. This meant we could pass each other in the lower chamber, saving water and a 'first' for the family on a Diamond Resort boat.

One in. One out.

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Looking down the flight.

These Canada Geese signets showed up at the bottom lock, which is the first I have seen this year followed shortly after by the swans signets. In fact I thought they were heading for the open gate as I came out and Ian about pushed me out in order to close the gate before they arrived.

By 2.30 pm we decided to call it a day and moored up at Radford Semele  instead of going into Leamington,  Hopefully we will find a mooring near the center tomorrow for a spot of shopping and the most important, for me, a tackle shop!

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