Friday 6th April
|No issues in Lock 8|
|NOT going in!|
|More muscle required.|
|This rope didn't suvive.|
|Much bigger rope.|
There was a bit of further delay because the reduced level in the pound made it impossible initially for Steve to get the tug and hopper moored up sufficient out of the way. Once clear "Flamingo" was reversed though the lock we had so hopefully gone through in the other direction more than two and a half hours earlier.
We now faced a considerable reverse back to the winding hole, round a sharp bend and past a long line of boats. However Steve went the extra mile, (or perhaps half mile!), and worked patiently with us, until we were turned around and ready to leave.
|The long reverse.|
|And the turn.|
Anyway, beaten and bruised, we decided only to go back as far as Braunston today, possibly for an unplanned for evening in the pub, possibly with friends. We hoped nothing else could go wrong on such a short trip, and fortunately nothing did!
Long Buckby to Napton Bottom Lock to Napton Lock 9, then back to Braunston
Miles: 7.7, Locks: 2 (same one twice, once backwards!)
Total Trip Miles: 25.9, Locks: 15