Well we didn’t quite get into the centre of Leicester but we are only five locks and four miles away from the city centre mooring. It’s been a very long day and we are both pretty shattered: good training for hard days on the Leeds and Liverpool and Rochdale over the next few months.
The first few miles were very scenic. We soon hit the first of the nineteen double locks and it, like the majority we were to do today, was set against us with both the bottom gates open. By the time we stopped for lunch eleven locks later we were getting really riled and muttering about lazy people. As we finished our rushed meal we were joined by a boat we had passed right back at the beginning of the day: they said we were just 30 minutes too early for them. (We probably would have waited if we had known). We grumbled to them about the open gates and they said that they had found the same thing so obviously gates swing open on this stretch. But that didn’t excuse the several paddles left up and, more seriously, the several paddles partly up which meant that we had to be particularly vigilant.
Things got easier as we passed through Kilby Lock when we passed a very smart Dutch barge style narrowboat (last met on the Oxford in 2009). From then on the locks were in our favour, and the gates had often swung open! Not so bad when it makes our life easier!
Today we did 11.19 Miles and 19 Locks
Statistics so far:-
2266.00 Miles, 1327 Locks, 128 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 39 Tunnels