Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Soar(ing) along with the flow.

5 Locks, 7½ Miles. Now moored at Kegworth Flood lock no 57.

It's nice to see how the other half live.

Yesterday we spent a quiet day catching up with emails and downloading photograph's. The showery weather was not conducive to any outside jobs being attempted.

This morning was an 8am kickoff in mild overcast skies. Our plan had been to stop at bridge 39 for water but this facility is at present out of commission, instead we carried to Bishop Meadow lock and used the facilities there. With low water pressure it took quite a while to fill both boats, during this time 2 boats had passed through leaving the lock in our favour. However before we were ready to move again another boat approached from the opposite direction and by the time he was ready to exit the lock we were ready to go in.

Another quaint looking church close to the river.

We passed huge sign's stating that if the red light was flashing we were to moor up on the emergency pilings. We only saw 1 red light which thankfully was off. With all the rain we have had over the last 3 days I'm surprised that the river hasn't risen but all the indicator boards have been on green. The lock that we are moored below is only operated between October and March during the rest of the year it is left open unless there happens to be unexpected flooding. With all this Greenhouse warming and climate changes anything is possible.

Take heed! Those moorings look pretty substantial.

Since mooring up and going for a walk into the local town centre we have had several downpours of rain and the odd rumble of distant thunder. So much for summer, perhaps we will get an Indian summer in Autumn.

1296 locks, 1865 miles, 43 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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