The early fog soon burnt off this morning and it was a beautiful day by the time we left just after 9.00. When I walked to Kegworth Deep Lock a small boat had just entered so I asked them if they would wait until Alan brought the boat round. When he got there he said that NB Hawkeye, who was moored around the corner from us, was also coming along thinking that they would be joining us in the lock. They pulled up as we were descending. When we reached the Kegworth Shallow Lock, which was left open so that we could pass straight through, the small boat pulled in to moor. We went on very slowly and were joined by NB Hawkeye as we entered Ratcliffe Lock.
The couple on NB Hawkeye are retired US Academics who have been travelling the system for the past few years. We have been coming across them on and off since Kilby Bridge, and were moored next to them at Leicester. We turned onto the Trent and went through Sawley Lock with them, before leaving them at the marina. It was only then that we discovered that the Professor’s field was electronic design, just like Alan, and they were both radio amateurs. They would have had lots to talk about but by then it was too late!
As we waved them goodbye we went past the River Derwent and back onto the Trent and Mersey Canal. We were one of three boats in the Derwent Mouth Lock as a small hire boat and a short Sea Piper boat were in line next to us. The hirers went off first and it was apparent that they had just picked up their boat: they were travelling so slowly that Alan had to keep stopping altogether. As readers of this blog will know we are people who believe in travelling at tickover past moored boats but we also believe in keeping moving! We were relieved when they pulled in for lunch at Shardlow so we decided to keep going. (They passed us late in the afternoon after we had moored up. They had obviously gained in confidence as they sped past without slowing down!)
We ate on the go and stopped to water above Weston Lock. It was such a lovely day that I got on the roof to give it a wash while the tank was filling and then we gave it a quick rinse with the hose. I also washed one side of the boat: it was long overdue. Now that I’ve got myself started I plan to finish the washing and polishing when we are moored on the other side of the canal and then start on the repairs to the paintwork. My least favourite aspect of boating!
Today we did 10.53 Miles and 10 Locks
Statistics so far:-
2301.66 Miles, 1355 Locks, 128 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 39 Tunnels