Ian was up with the lark this morning (lack of sleep again) and suggested that he get us going and I could stay in bed. Well.... I wasnt going to say no to that, now was I but that all changed when I happened to glance out of the window and see such a red sky that it had to be photographed. Quickly got dressed and so glad I did 'cause I got some spectacular early morning photos.
|Sun up and a blinding glare.|
|Thankful to get in the lock.|
At the bottom lock Ian dashed off for a pint of milk at the shop while I lifted one bottom paddle, to give him time to get back you understand.. No other boats around so didn't hold anyone up. It was not long after leaving the lock and, after the sharp left hand bend, we came across a boat winding. We crept up to it fully expecting to stop but instead he beckoned us past. We could immediately see that there was a problem as two of his crew were bankside and one had his arm deep in the water rummaging for something. Having a word with the boater it turns out he had lost his glasses over the side and moved the boat away so his mates could have a go at finding them. Ian then suggested trying our sea magnet. Long shot I know but stranger things have happened. So this is where Ian went fishing. Did he get the glasses???? Unfortunately not and the men were left decidedly moist and undecided as to what to do next. With no more to be done we went on our way.
Took roughly 40 minutes until we did a left at Wigrams Turn and onto the GU. Now back to the wide locks and the first set was Calcutt locks. Got these out of the way thankfully 'cause it's always blowing a holey on these locks and going in sidewise grab fashion was the order of the day. Ian had to push the bow away from the side at every landing.
Now moored at the top of Stockton locks, 8 to do tomorrow and I do so hope the wind is a bit kinder to me, especially on Wednesday. Then we tackle the 21 locks of the Hatton flight. Not looking forward to that, I can tell you.
Oh nearly forgot. Ian made a cracking fender from the end of the mooring rope. Thought the life ring a bit OTT. So much nicer and quieter now.
17.4 miles 12 locks 7hours 25 minutes.
And on route,