What a night! It was forecast to be a bit windy, but nothing like what was actually thrown at us which was, frankly, pretty wild. We were moored at a relatively sheltered location at Cosgrove, but again treated to high winds whipping up the canal surface, with the resultant waves constantly lapping under the counter at the rear of "Sickle".
|Stoke Bruerne Bottom Lock|
|Passing the Mikron Theatre's boat "Tyseley"|
We had agreed with the owner of "Tug No 2" that we would travel together, as he was on his own, with the Stoke Bruerne locks to do - of course with the water shortages we are being encouraged to share, so this made sense anyway.
Cath was still relaying the car forwards, so I was again on my own with "Sickle", whilst she drove up to Stoke with the bike, before cycling South to meet me again. It was still a wet and very windy morning, and I don't think Cath much enjoyed riding on a slippery grassy tow-path, with the wind coming in gusts, on a bike that has road tyres. Even "Sickle", normally unaffected by cross winds, was travelling "crab-style" at times.
|"Woolwich" bows to left, "Northwich" ones to right.|
I'd like to add a word for the volunteer lock-keeper at the flight, who was helpful, without over-interfering. Some of these volunteers have received poor press from some people, so I think it important to say when they are doing an effective job.
|Back ends differ too - extra "guard" on counter of "Sickle"|
I thought I had been terribly good, and got a blog post done very swiftly on arrival. Unfortunalely "Blogger" somehow "ate" nearly all my typing, and I lost it. I needed further refreshments at the beer tent, before attempting it all again. Personally I'm sure the first version read better, but I had drunk less when I wrote that!
Cosgrove to Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 6.6, Locks: 7
Total Miles: 18.4 Locks: 8