Most of the locks were set against us but we got lucky at Aston where two boats were just just coming out. As Ian has had his pic line inserted I did most of the locks. All but Stenson because Ian wanted to have a go at doing it himself. He soon discovered that he couldn't manage winding the paddles, and resorted to a ratchet windlass we bought over 2 years ago when he had part of his shoulder blade removed.
Mind you I struggled massively to shut the left hand bottom gate at Aston. I pushed and pulled but could shift it no more then a foot. Ian had to tie up and come to help. A lone boater would really struggle with it, even if they were fit. Soon we were at Shardlow and then onwards to Derwent lock. Here I had a problem with keeping the bottom gate shut!! I had to crack open a top paddle, then dash toward the bottom gate to shut it. I hope C&RT get there act together and sort out these problems. On the exit and moored ( if that's the right word ) on the landing was a plastic cruiser. Or should I say the just the upper part of the cruiser. Another problem for C&RT.
|If you look beyond the cruiser and back to Derwent lock, You can see the open gate which refuses to stay shut.|
|Young calf eyeing up the swan on the Trent.|