Thursday, 20 December 2007

5 Boats! Wow

10 locks, and 5 miles. Now moored at Slapton

As we had quite a few chores today we had another early (ish) start in cold overcast conditions. The sun was trying to break through  but by mid morning the low clouds proved impenetrable. By the time we had reached our present mooring visibility was starting to fade rapidly with the onset of fog.

We were amazed that for the first time in about a week we actually passed 5 other boats on the move some of which coincided with the locks which made things a bit easier. Still our problems have been miniscule compared to Nb Emporer out on the Fens. We feel sorry for them as they have only been aboard since November.

We had a bit of a problem in one lock when a young lone female swan decided to tag along and come through the lock with us. Once trapped in the lock we could see she was starting to get agitated and as soon as the bottom gates were opened she was away like a racing greyhound. This did not stop her following us again but we managed to shoo her away from the next lock. Not long after we moored up guess who arrived again? She had been out of sight and yet she flew down and landed right alongside us. She must have a good homing device.

860 locks, 1155.25miles, 33 Tunnels, 40 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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