|Thursday nights view from our mooring just before Norton junction|
|Friday morning view in almost the same place before departure|
Our walk to Watford lock was slightly longer than I had bargained for and after a night of not sleeping well managed to shatter me for a while!!!
|Epiphany turning at Norton|
|Epiphany leading Petroc|
However we were pleased to see when we reached the bottom of the 7 locks that no one was in front of us.........so we thought we were in for a quick passage.........how wrong can one be. John walked up to check with the lock keeper( cannot proceed here without his say-so). ...and we told we could go through the first lock. Fi went ahead on Epiphany and I gaily followed immediately under the impression that we were still in wide locks..........first mistake of the day......I did think the entrance looked a little narrow......my memory had failed yet again as we were back to single locks.
|Epiphany through the first lock and Petroc about to join her in the long wait|
|John hard at work|
|In the staircase|
|M1 and Watford gap services just over the trees to the left|
As we entered Barney and I departed below, something he is never very keen to do........We met one boat coming the other way who was not steering too well and succeeded in making us scrape alongside the wall with very nasty noises down below.......Barney was considerably put out..... and restless.........I was none too impressed later when I saw the scraping to the side of the boat....but that will have to wait until we are moored on a suitable bank on that side.......
Just after the end of the tunnel lies Crick and the marina. There was plenty of online mooring, even 14 days, so we pulled in just ahead of Epiphany.
Boe arrived later in the afternoon, after a very protracted journey from Chobham. Journey was 100 miles and should have taken 2 hours but took 4, how much of that was down to traffic and how much down to Boe and her driving is unknown!!!!
I was somewhat exhausted after a longish day but Fi had offered to cook supper for us all. This we partook on Petroc and a convivial evening was had by all........
Total distance:5.22 miles
Average speed:1.30 mph (3.03 lock/mph)