Friday 31st July 2009
Another lovely day, lots of sunshine, fabulously beautiful countryside with goldfinches and yellowhammers singing from the tree tops. Between Braunston and Napton we passed David and Jan on Helvetia - waving and shouting out comments to each other. They seem to be going to Birmingham too, but by a different route. Alan is looking for an old Bowler Hat to wear when we next meet.
Alan and David watch two boats passing from the lower chamber to the upper chamber in Bascote staircase lock - this type does seem to be a bit too much for some people!
Lots of locks and hard work, but we went through most of the locks with a very hard working single hander. We are working hard at sharing the hard work of the locks and the steering - this way we are BOTH tired at the end of the day, and I get to practice my steering more, which is a good thing (if I don't practice then I can handle harder situations). Most of the time the one working the locks also had our ricketty old bike (Margaret) off the front of the boat.
We passed the steam boat Emily Anne tied up in the middle of Fosse Locks. It is owned by the grandfather of someone from the Internet canal forum.
We stopped briefly for supplies in Warwick, then moored above Cape locks, by the Cape of Good Hope pub.
Miles: 19.8, Locks: 25
Total Miles: 78.2, Total Locks: 70
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