No rain today (yippee) though it’s very misty so we walked the dogs then headed straight off down the river. First a lock full of grinning young lock keepers (trainees perhaps) who took my rope and kept up the smiling. As the lock filled up the smiling continued. “How friendly” I thought.
Next was my first tunnel. Cue dramatic music. Actually it was very enjoyable in a damp and drippy kind of way. We got to use the lights (another first) and I took some eery photos.
At the end of the tunnel was another lock. No lock keeper this time but the skipper of another boat came up and took my rope … smiling. I finally twigged – the top I was wearing was, ahem, a little low cut and you can imagine the rest. Hence the helpful smiling men! Well they certainly made my life easier today so it’s all good. I think that top will now be my ‘locking top’!
We have travelled in tandem with another boat having shared the locks with it and their method of roping off is definitely how not to do it. Their boat was swinging from left to right continuously. Kev tried to advise them but it didn’t have much effect.
This is how I control the rope in a lock.
We are now moored in Haybes and the sun has come out.