|Motorised River class "Wey", in use on towpath contract by Rothens.|
So the objective today was really to get as many miles and locks under our belt, to reduce the number we will need to do on our final day on Saturday p we need to be back home on Saturday, for an event on Sunday.
|Max (left) and Odin wait patiently as we work through Hillmorton|
|In the top pound at Hillmorton locks - our last narrow ones this trip out|
|Sharing with a rather lovely modern boat, (and someone very efficient.)|
|Dane and Clara - There are not many wooden pairs about these days, unfortunately.|
We alternated up the locks, sending ahead which ever boat it was easiest to release first, the other usually using the same gate, both when leaving and entering locks, hence Cath's work as lock wheeler was considerably reduced. It is a very long while since I have been up Braunston so efficiently, although I did wonder if the fact that the pound one from the top was about 18" down might bring Flamingo to a temporary halt. Fortunately I was able to gets its deep draught over the lock cills, and stick to the restricted channel through the sludge between the locks.
|Pacific - the first of two lovely historic tugs passed near Norton junction.|
|And Typhoon in pursuit - lovely to see but less familiar to us.|
All Oaks Wood (Oxford Canal) to Buckby Top Lock
Miles: 19.3, Locks: 9
Total Trip Miles: 160.4, Locks: 154