Average speed:1.22 mph (3.28 lock/mph)
|Worrying sign, the levels were down in the first pound|
|Look mum no hands. You can just see me by the lock paddle on the right|
|AmyJo coming to a stop as I prepare to shut the gate|
|I did shut the gate honest, it swung open |
as I pulled away and I had not noticed
That’s when we hit another snag as we ascended to Lock 5. The pound above was completely empty and only a few inches of water remained. In order to proceed we had to fill the pound from the last top lock so we set both sets of paddles open and waited for the pound to fill. Luckily lock 4 is the top lock of the flight so the water levels above were hardly affected.
|Barely a few inches left in the pound|
|At least we could see where not to go|
It was an uneventful run though to Calcutt locks (going up this time of course) and on to Wigrams turn. We turned here and carried on toward Braunston turn. We did have a near miss at bridge 101. I’d slowed AmyJo right down and sounded the horn as we could not see through the bridge ‘ole and just as we started to enter another boat came towards us at speed. Luckily AmyJo stops quite quickly when going slowly and by both of us putting the boats hard astern we missed colliding by inches. The other boater apologised profusely and went on his way still at speed I might add.
We reached Braunston turn with Chris at the helm and as the moorings were nearly full we decided to carry on as there was still time left.
We made good time up Braunston locks using our new found locking method though by now the wind had picked up so we had to revert to the normal method for the last lock. The weather was turning cold and grey with signs of rain in the air so we decided to stop once clear of the locks