Friday, 20 June 2008

Blustery conditions.

6 Locks 8 Miles Now moored at Rushton and Diamond Sport Centre,Irthlingborough.

If it hadn't been for the wind, today would have been a beautiful day for cruising but the blustery wind made locking manoeuvres tricky. Entering the lock's under power to be able to maintain a straight line and having to use the ropes to reach the pontoons upon leaving the lock's to wait for the crew made life difficult to say the least.

Stanwick Lakes Assault Course in Irthlingborough alongside the River Nene

Except for one other boat and just a handful of fishermen today we had the river to ourselves. We made good time and upon reaching Irthlingborough lock we found EA staff carrying out some maintenance and lock clearing. They had fished out 2 bicycles which presumably had fouled the gates.

A photo of beautiful thatched cottages in Elton taken a couple of days ago

1195 locks, 1755½ miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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