Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Eighteen locks, that will do nicely...

We pulled pins early this morning, watered and serviced Caxton and then went through Becket's lock at  Northampton and moored up immediately afterwards to get a large shop from Morrisons.  By 10am we were heading off towards the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union and the seventeen locks that awaited us....  By 2pm we were moored up again, sweaty, grass stained (I fell off my bike...what a prat) and knackered.  It is going to take a couple of days to adjust to the walking and the locking again but my was it good to do it!  So we say farewell to the lovely CLEAR waters of the rivers and hello to our muddy ditches again.  It has been a fantastic summer over on the fens and we will definitely be returning for more of this experience, perhaps 2012, who knows?

A dull mizzlerling morning and here is the entrance to the GU from the R. Nene
 Narrow canals again after the wide open space afforded by the Rivers
 The lock wheeling bicycle - that which dumped me this morning while I was trying to avoid Floyd's rear end..
 Wired .. you see quite a number of these wire sculptures along the canals and here is yet another.
 Our mooring tonight just short of Gayton junction, and the traffic noise at that spot...


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, the traffic noise, I remember it well - worth it for the Nene though!

What are your plans for the winter?

Sue, Indigo Dream

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Sue
The noise wasn't too bad and this morning (Wed.) will pulled pins and headed noth towards Braunston. Winter plans are: Stratford on Avon, back thru Brum and on to the Staffs and Worcs to Stourport basin prior to Xmas, Chester in the New Year.
Lesley