Unrelievedly there was no one ahead of us and the locks were mostly set in our favour. If they weren't it was due to leaky top gates.
|This is when we think we are really blessed....sun shining, lovely surroundings|
Ahead is the lock with a bridge overhead carrying the M40...those poor commuters
|and the hum of the traffic is quite loud.......|
The water point is directly as you leave the top lock and surprise surprise there was our second boat of the day! There is not really room for two boats to tie up without blocking the entrance to the lock so we pulled in and waited patiently for him to finish.......he was washing his boat....very thoroughly!!
When he had finished and put his hose away he obviously had designs on a remedial cup of coffee so he asked me if they were OK for a while................................I was very polite with my reply...................Geoff told me afterwards that he had said to him that he was always getting disturbed when he was doing things like that so Geoff told him he should get up early in the morning and do it!!
We were not disturbed whilst watering but I could not persuade Geoff to treat our boat to a wash so after we had filled up with water we went round the corner and found our mooring.
This is where I depart for Cornwall tomorrow. Geoff is planning some time here and also going up to the bottom of the locks at Knowle (just south of Solihull)
Total distance:2.15 miles
Average speed:0.62 mph (3.24 lock/mph)