Friday, 20 February 2009

How many?

14. In a whole week. That's the number of locks we'll be doing on our next trip (and of course the stop lock at Hawkesbury Junction has a fall of only about six inches anyway).

Sue from Indigo Dream asked in a comment on the previous post how many locks would be reasonable. She suggested a flight of ten, but I think that's a bit short for a real sense of achievement. There's something a bit special about making it to the top of the Hatton, or Lapworth, or the Wolverhampton 21. The most locks we've ever done in a day is 38, getting down from the mountain on which Birmingham is built, but I wouldn't want to do that every day.

However, we'll make up for the lack of locks this time when we do our three week trip in September, which according to my calculations will have 222 locks. Strangely, that averages out at approximately ten locks a day, so maybe Sue was right after all.

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