Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Beautiful day for cruising.

4 Locks, 10 miles, now moored near the village of Chimney.
Total of 315 locks and 416½ miles and 16 Tunnels and 6 lift bridges since 5th Nov 2006

This morning we waited for another boat to arrive before setting off so that we shared the first lock. It has turned out to be a fantastically beautiful day for cruising up the Thames (river Isis). There have not been many boats on the move so we have virtually had the river to ourselves.
All the locks are now manually operated unlike the hydraulically operated locks further down river.

At Newbridge we passed under the 13th Century Bridge with pointed arches which is one of the oldest bridges over the Thames. It was a bit of a worry seeing huge great trucks passing over such an old bridge.

At Shifford lock we arrived just after 1pm which is the lock keepers lunch break so we moored up and had our lunch. On his return the lock keeper opened the gates ready for us when we had finished lunch. Not long after passing through the lock we found a nice mooring for the night and the crew went for a walk while I did some painting. The weather forecast for tomorrow is for more of the same so we are starting to get quite tanned.

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