Cape lock with The Cape of Good Hope pub in the background
Vic at the tiller as No Problem head off to Morrisons
We picked up No Problem again as we both approached the next lock at Radford, worked a couple of locks and stopped for a quick lunch of homemade soup, crusty rolls and, yes and, cake! Moving on after 30mins we worked up through to Long Itchington and called it a day. We were thinking to get to the Blue Lias which would have been another couple of locks but prudence tapped us on the shoulder and said if there are no moorings to be had we were then staring at the Stockton lock flight!
Floyd and Penny checking in
Moored at Long Itchington and Meg taking it easy
Off again Friday morning at 8.30 and up the next two locks to the Blue Lias where we watered Yarwood and No Problem lingered, they will get water at Napton later. In front of us now we had the eight locks of the Stockton flight so once again the boats were roped together and Sue brought them up through the locks, Joe and Vic operated the lock and I cycled ahead turning locks (emptying them) and getting the gates open so Sue could come straight. We worked in teeming rain but by now we had got ourselves into a good rhymn and everything went smoothly. Sadly however, no photo's from me as my lovely Lumix TZ40 has died on me. It is less than a year old so today I will searching to see if I still have my receipt.
Locks done, it's tea time
A farewell cuppa and cake as we finish the broad locks and prepare to go our own way, No Problem off towards the Thames and us towards Braunston and a date with Wharfhouse Narrowboats.