|Some serious tree surgery has happened here recently.|
We were away before 9.00 am, and into Bucby top lock when a hire boat was spotted approaching at Norton Junction, so, of course we waited and shared the first lock of the flight with them. So I was not a little surprised when Cath caught up with me again at the second lock down to be told they were stopping to moor up to go to the pub! Does the New Inn do breakfasts? Is it even open at that time? Anyway we went down the rest of the flight on our own, getting into a comfortable and relaxed rhythm.
Following some recent exuberant behaviour, (and Max's dip the other day), Cath has decided to try and instill a bit more discipline in the dogs, so, as yesterday, is now getting them to lie down and wait for much of the time taken at each lock. They responded well, and I think we will do much more of this on future trips - undoubtedly it makes things safer if they are not just running around freely all the time.
|Where safe, the dogs are allowed to run between the locks.|
It is still a slow stopper, and I suspect will remain so, unless we were to start experimenting with props of a different design. Our blade appears to be designed with an symmetric shape to make it less prone to fouling, but I suspect this means its reverse capabilities are somewhat compromised. I'm getting pretty good at stopping in the locks, but the unexpected appearance of another boats bow in a bridge hole can still cause moments of doubt. Still, it is far, far better than it was.
|Getting towards the bottom of the flight.|
Overall the trip has been hard work - I suspect taking Flamingo round the much less used bits of the BCN always will be hard work. But we have learntd a lot, and are both more confident of the boat, and our abilities to handle it.
Buckby Top Lock to High House Wharf, Weedon
Miles: 6.2, Locks: 7
Total Trip Miles: 166.6, Locks: 161