Our plan was to stop between that lock and the next and stay for several days. All good in theory but again it was a lack of water that was the problem. Only a few boats moored and the long length on the offside looked like a reasonable place to stop. But could we get anywhere near to the side? Not a hope as the pound was almost a foot down. So managing to push off we tried the towpath side. First attempt failed with FS stuck once again. Lots of heaving by both of us managed to get her free. We then tried by the reservoir and managed to get near enough to at least get off and put pins in (no cladding on this stretch). Having thought we now had a suitable place, well blow me down if more water was drawn off and now our rudder was wedged on, what we assumed, was a ledge. Ian got in a bit of a tizz as the last thing we wanted was a damaged rudder so when another descending boat put water back into the pound, we hastily untied and pulled her forward. With the rudder free and away from the ledge, we tied once more hoping that this time we would be okay.
Not long after who should come walking along the towpath but the two C&RT guys off the work boat. After saying hello I asked the question, "Why didn't you wait for us at Marsworth lock 37 when you knew we were behind you at 38?" At this they looked surprised as neither had seen us coming. "But the chap doing the paddles looked directly at me" I said "And still he closed the gate" That's when the penny dropped as the chap helping them was, in fact, another boater waiting to come down. So it was him and not C&RT that closed the gate and it was this man that was at fault. In fact, the two C&RT guys were very apologetic and said they would most definitely have waited if they had known we were coming up. So you see, I was wrong and I should have known better so my apologies to C&RT.
Tring Reservoir and Marsworth, must be in my top 10 fab places to moor. Canal on one side and the reservoirs on the other. Wonderful for bird spotting. The towpath though, was very busy for a Thursday with families (surprising for early afternoon as I would have thought the children to be still at school) and plenty of dog walkers.
|Looks like our notice in the window about the rally is being read.|
|And time for a photo!|
And on our journey,
|Shutting the top gates on exit. Wide open when we arrived so twice the work at this lock and sorry but there is no excuse not to close them!|
|The GU certainly have a variety of craft.|
|First swing bridge I have done in years. Ian normally does them|
|Love these canal side properties.|
|In attack mode|