Retrospective post for Saturday 3rd June
|Three Locks on a gorgeous day.|
However by the time we were where we could legitimately have called it a day, we realised that we could easily press on to the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne flight, so we decided to do just that. A friend that we met at Cosgrove lock assured us that these days there is invariably space on the moorings at the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne flight.
|And Three Locks yet again|
About 4 locks up, our friend Barry was cycling down on his way to the services at the bottom of the flight, with a toilet cassette in a natty little trailer. He wasn't sure the only space he had spotted in the long pound could accept a seventy footer. Needless to say, when we got there, there was nothing approaching a suitable space. Now very tired, options were running out, but we had little choice but to do the remaining two locks of the flight, despite being warned of no space at the top. Maybe we could moor alongside the museum's boat Sculptor - we have been told in the past that we can. However Sculptor proved to be facing South, and had we moored alongside it, the point the dogs need to get on and off would have been opposite its open hold - so not a possibility.
|Working our way up Stoke Bruerne locks|
The engine had run continuously for 11 hours - about an hour longer than CanalPlanAC shows with our settings that are too optimistic for travelling with Flamingo - I really must tweak them to something that reflects reality!
I promised Cath a pub meal, and we went to the Boat, where I have to be fair and say the food was considerably better than other recent experiences we have had there. We were joined for the evening by our friends Barry and Jan - always a pleasure, despite Barry persuading that by far the strongest beer on tap was the one to switch to. Strong it definitely was!
Above Stoke Hammond Three Locks to Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 22.1, Locks: 13
Total Trip Miles: 185.1, Locks: 138