So didn't rush to get away this morning but, in saying that, for nearly 4 miles we were the only boat on the move until we got to Old Windsor lock. And today all the locks were manned. Good-oh.. or so we thought! To fill Romney lock the water flows in from the sides. This means that holding the rope against the swirling water you need muscles like Hercules! One other lock had a side fill and that was at Bell Weir yesterday. As that was self-service Ian brought FS up very slowly and so had no difficulty in hanging on and keeping into the side. But the lock keeper at Romney opened all the paddles, side and gate! Trying as hard as I could I couldn't stop FS's bow from swinging out. Every muscle in my arms was screaming 'stop stop' and my nails made grooves in the palm of my hands with the effort of gripping the rope. If a plastic cruiser had been next to me well....God help them!. So this lock keeper is not getting the thumbs up from me, in fact, felt a dangerous situation could have arisen if I had let go. FS's bow would have swung across with such force, hitting the other side and possibly catapulting me out of the boat!
Nursing my sore arms we continued along the Windsor Park stretch. This is a glorious bit to cruise and one also gets the occasional glimpse of Windsor Castle.
|Coat of Arms on Victoria Bridge.|
Took advantage of being near Dorney Lake rowing course (site of the rowing in the 2012 Olympics) and decided to walk all the way round. 4 km, roughly 2.5 miles in a howling gale. How the rowers manage to row a race in those conditions is beyond me.
|Looking toward the finish line in the distance.|
|And from t'other end, the starting line|
We also found a lovely chapel, St Mary Magdelane.
And on route,
|Freeloaders again! Snail yesterday, these today....what will be next!|