Very retrospective post for Tuesday 26th August.
|Waiting at Atherstone after we had caught up slower boats.|
It is good to not be behind other boats, although not as much of an advantage as you might assume when working two boats together, because after you have been through a lock with one, it is inevitably left full, and hence needs to be emptied before you can go through with the second boat. This may be achieved simply by emptying the lock again, if no boat is coming the other way, or, if one is, letting that pass through the lock, leaving it ready a it does.
|Hartshill depot - full of character but sadly neglected looking.|
|Former working boatman Top Lapworth passes on "Nutfield"|
|And Alice Lapworth in charge of "Raymond".|
We desperately needed a major shopping stop, and although it is a long walk to Sainsburys at Nuneaton, it was our best choice. It is amazing how much harder it is to walk at least a half mile back with full bags, versus carrying them to the store empty!.
|In the struggle "man versus duvet" we finally start to win.|
|Cath captures David and me at work on Sickle, whilst hanging on to Chalice.|
|Probably beyond further use as bedding.|
|"Large Northwich" "Slough" - one of the more "got at" "Town" class boats.|
Atherstone Bottom Lock to Hawkesbury
Miles: 12.8 (Chalice), 12.8 (Sickle), Locks: 22
Total Miles: 736.3, Locks: 499