|Worse then this last night. The rope was slack this morning as levels recovered.|
|Think he's asking for his canoes to be damaged!|
We had a plan today. Set off really early and do the Wendover Arm. Creeping past the boats so as not to wake the residents, the first lock was in our favour. Did this bode well, we asked ourselves. But no, some of the locks were to be left empty and so it wasn't long before we came to a full lock. No locking partner this time as most bods were still in bed so took a bit longer to come up. We spied Tentatrice and Cleddau but no sign of life even though we gave a toot. Was 8.30am and no doubt probably enjoying a lie in.
|No sign of Jennie, Chris, Ken, sue or Monty. Poor dog must have been crossing his legs!|
Then a boat pulls out in front of us on the summit pound. The stretch to the Wendover Arm is about 2.5 miles and we did tickover all the way. Not because the boat ahead was slow but because the pound was a good 6-8" down. If we had had our thinking caps on we may well have given the arm a miss but too late did we realised that, with the low water levels, just how shallow and silted this waterway had become. I got a bit concerned when we did a wiggly bit and I cut the corner a bit fine. Ended up at an angle but with the silt being that soft, the extra revs got ourselves out of trouble. Took nearly 50 minutes to get to the end, distance from Bulbourne Junction to terminus about 1.5 miles. Slightly less time on the way back but I reckon it's because we had already dug ourselves a channel!
|Very impressive Heygates flour mill|
|The feeder in Nicholsons shows it to be a 60ft winding hole|
|Feeder on the left. No way would you want to try turning here.|
|New bridge built to replace the one taken down in 1973|
|Winding hole and terminus|
|Well we would have done if we had enough water.|
|And back at the junction|
|The turn to top lock on the Marsworth flight was interesting.|
So now what to do. We had planned on a night there and then to Marsworth tomorrow but with nowhere to moor at the lock we headed on down the flight. Met a lady boater who helped us and also gave us some advice. Having done the Wendover we wanted to do the Aylesbury. Many years ago we came down that arm before the new marina was built and fancied seeing what it was like. The lady's advice was not to bother.Three weeks ago she had gone down the first 3 locks without problem. After that the pounds were low and, not wanting to waste water, reversed back to the junction. Think we may phone C&RT on Monday to see how the land lies.
Got a mooring without trouble at the reservoir and with this being one of my favourite moorings on the GU will stay a day or two..
Now have you ever seen a duck eat a slug??? Neither had I until today.
On route today.
|Damaged wing poor thing.|