Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Oh What a Perfect Day!

"I'm glad I shared it with you" - is that how the song goes? I hope you had the weather we did. Sun, sun and more sun, lots of factor 30 for me. The Kennet and Avon canal is fairly sheltered in this stretch and there was not a breath of wind.

We had a lazy get up and breakfast and finally got underway at about 11am. We took our time through the locks towards Crofton. BJ has to do Wootton Rivers Bottom Lock as I struggle with the paddle gear and gate here. The rest are OK so we took it in turns. They were all set against us except Cadley Lock which is left empty. However once we get going we have a well established routine that runs smoothly and gets us through at a reasonable speed.

There is a lot of debris in the canal, whole logs, trees and lots of reeds. Maybe BW have been cutting the "informal moorings", it certainly looked like that in places. Epiphany was pushing a huge collection of reeds at her bow at times.

We moored up for lunch just above Crofton Top Lock and then winded to return down the 4 locks to Wootton Rivers again. We met a hire boat coming up at Brimslade Lock but apart from that we had no trouble.

We are moored for the night at Pewsey and will make our usual visit to the Waterfront Inn in a few minutes!

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