Monday, 20 May 2013

I do like single flights

Today started with a quick walk for LJ and caught a shot of NB No Problem on the move to the main branch of the GU.

Next we had a delivery, our new light weight aluminium wide gangplank. With huge thanks to Canal Shop online for driving it over from Hill Morton. That is what we call EXCELLENT service. We'll need it on the Nene.

As if that wasn't enough excitement it was straight down to NB Matilda Rose where Jill gave us coffee and Graham gave Alistair a Masterclass on Nene/Middle Levels/Great Ouse. I always think the Middle Levels sounds very Tolkenish. Maps marked up and it was very much appreciated.

As if that wasn't enough, Graham then came down and helped us with the start of the Flight, We haven't seen a skinny lock since last July

All the locks were set against us but we quickly got into a rhythm and pretty much shot down. It seems as if a rest is called for at Lock 10 but we pressed on travelling under the M1.

We finally crossed a boat coming up, thankfully not on the section made  narrow by weeds as we moved down the last stretch. And by 1550 we were on the River Nene and moored in Northampton. 17 locks, 4 miles, 3 hours. A good day's boating