Thursday, 13 May 2010

May Cruise - Day 7

We set off at 8.30, straight into Wightwick Lock.  At Compton Lock, there was already a boat going up.  We turned back onto the Shroppie at Autherley Junction, and went through the stop lock.

The boat we'd see earlier was just ahead of us, and managed to get their stern stuck on the end of the slipway at Napton Norrowboats.  A lot of pushing and pulling wasn't working, so we attached a rope to our bow, and gave them a tug backwards.  Eventually, they came free.

It was fairly sunny, and even warm at times, as we headed towards Wheaton Aston.  Once down the lock we stopped at the water point, and had lunch while the tank filled.  We then washed one side of the boat.  Of course, during the next stretch towards Norbury Junction, we went through a rain shower.

We got to Norbury at 4.30, and moored up on the towpath side, leaving just a couple of hundred yards for the morning.  We washed the other side of the boat, which was promptly followed by the inevitable shower of rain.

18 miles, 5 locks (105, 75)

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