|Starting to climb Atherstone locks.|
|Progressing well up the Atherstone flight.|
|Odin with "convincing" looking pheasant.|
|Forging round the turn at "Sutton Stop".|
So we had a major sort out of what needed to be on each boat. We didn't do too badly, as it turned out, but did eventually travel with a few things on Chalice that might better have been left on Sickle.
Our strategy was simple. Go as far as reasonable each day, without flogging ourselves to death. We could react to any changes, (such as a departing son), as they occurred, but just needed to press on at a good speed.
|What may not be obvious is that Odin was up on the bridge.|
In fact we continued to make good progress, getting eventually right through to Ansty. Having come the other way, we expected problems mooring here, and indeed we had some. The better visitor moorings always seem permanently full here, and the only obvious alternative is a stretch with a muddy collapsed bank, but where underground obstructions stop you getting near it. After several attempts, we decided it was just too awful, and pushed forward a bit more. Fortunately I spotted a single better length that looked like it could accommodate our 50 feet without blocking the nearby bridge at all. It proved to be a much better option than where we had already tried.
We had made exellent progress, but not, we felt, enough to get all the way home, before Cath had to be back in school. The planner seemed to still say the same.
Alvecote to Ansty
Miles: 21.3, Locks:12
Total Miles: 429.8, Locks: 261 (Worked)