Saturday, 7 April 2012

Why does it it rain at locks?

When we are cruising it only needs one of us to endure there weather except at locks. On a nice day it's great to sit on the back enjoying the sun but when it is cold or wet one of us will take the tiller while the other stays warm and supplies the coffee, then we will swop for a while. So why on a day of intermittent rain did it have to chuck it down as we came up the seven locks at Buckby?

We tried to be good and share the locks but after a long wait with the bottom lock in our favour some boats were ready to come down so we took the lock up. We went up four locks solo then another solo boat ahead waited for us to join them and we shared the last three locks. At the top lock we had a wait for the lockeeper to let us out of the flight as he had already secured it so no-one else could enter.

As there was no possibilty of us going down Braunston Locks today due to the time and I didn't feel up to a load more locks anyway even if it had been possible.

Another grey and overcast day so no interesting photos, but there is more blossom and green every day so whenwe get some sunshine I should be able to get some nice photos.

Today's journey 8.4 miles and 7 locks

So far this year we have travelled 86.2 miles, 96 locks, 3 swing bridges and 1 tunnel

In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels

During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels.

Since Ray retired we have travelled 1287.9 miles, 1182 locks, 59 swing bridges, 38 lift bridges and 41 tunnels

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