Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Another canal ticked off the list.

8 Locks, 7 Miles. Now moored at Trent lock.

With warm humid conditions we set off under an overcast sky. Other than getting stuck in Pasture lock because the bottom gates were jamming on something it was a pretty easy cruise. We moored up at Sandiacre for lunch and Dot popped over to the Coop for some fresh vegetables and yoghurt. We also had a surprise in meeting another boat heading up to the basin. He told us that he was headed for Peterborough but with the Loughborough lock closed until the 29th he didn't want to sit around waiting for it to re-open so he decided to give the Erewash a go.

Junction of the now defunct Derby Canal and the Erewash Canal

As we came through the 'S' bend at Long Eaton we found a gentleman mowing his lawn alongside his narrowboat. We pulled alongside for a chat and found that he was lucky enough to have an end of garden mooring and also had a caravan in his back yard for touring non canal regions of the country. We pulled his leg about having the best of both worlds as we had had to sell our caravan to finance the boat. He was also very helpful in giving us information about were to find things once we leave the Erewash canal.

Sandiacre Lock headquarters of the
'Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association

Tonight we are having a treat of roast NZ lamb with roast potato's, butternut, kumera and cabbage. Just because we live on a boat doesn't mean we have to slum it.

1334 locks, 1911 miles, 43 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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