Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The photo shows a working boat being loaded up at Tring Summit taking blocks down the canal to Lock 41. Then our descent through the Marsworth Flight of locks began. Ben and I walked enjoying the views of the reservoirs along the way. After working through 14 locks we stopped near Ivington Locks in a short pound. Eric had to let a lock full of water down before we went to bed as the level had dropped in the pound and we were at a funny angle although the ropes were slack.
The mileage signs showed we are getting closer to Braunston and the next day we reached Leighton Buzzard. We moored on the Linslade visitor moorings as we expected the moorings outside Tesco to be full and we were right. It was only a short walk to get the shopping done and the cupboards, fridge and freezer were soon restocked. We didn't leave Leighton Buzzard until after lunch and we travelled with the temperature in the region of 25 degrees C slowly past lots of moored boats.
The Soulbury Flight of 3 locks delayed us as two boats got stuck at the bottom when they tried to enter side by side and the one lock gate wouldn't go right back. They had to let some water down to get them unstuck. It proved to be an entertaining time for the folk in 'The Three Locks' pub. We waited until they came up rather than waste water. We chatted to the people in the pub garden by the bottom lock and they asked us about our travels when they saw the two welsh flags on NB Bendigedig and NB Shush.
We worked one moor lock and decided to stop as we were melting! Forty two miles to Braunston.