Saturday, 25 August 2012

Locking in Thunder and Lightening

We had a later start this morning, due to John not getting up at 6:00 but actually not waking until 8:45 - unheard of!  We left Satisford Arm after and arrived at the first lock just as another boat had got it set, so we shared the first two locks.  We passed the rope specialist 'Get Knotted' that we walked to yesterday and there was still no sign of life so we will have to wait until we get to Braunston.   We had an uneventful cruise through Leamington Spa where we stopped at Tescos.  A couple of miles further on the locks start to climb towards Napton, we ascended these locks on our own, just using one gate and one paddle.   We were being chased by some very black clounds then they caught us, just as we were operating one of the locks the heavens opened, accompanied by thunder and lightening, it lasted for about 15 mins and then the sun came out again.  We then continued to Long Itchington where we have moored for tonight and have had a couple more thunder storms.

8.5 miles 12 locks

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