Up and even I was dressed in time for the 10am predicted start of the flight. Big bowlfuls of porridge had been eaten. Amanda and I on the two bikes, Patsy on foot and the two men having a challenge today as the wind was FIERCE, to say the least.
Sadly it became apparent that there was a single boat a few locks ahead of us going down, this meant that every lock was against us…… all 29 which was tiresome. But we quickly got a rhythm established that was me preparing a lock one ahead, Patsy working the lock the boats were in and Amanda shutting the previous lock and catching up at speed on the bike. We had a brilliantly sunny day, definitely got windburn cheeks and “Wild Boat Hair” but it was good to complete such a milestone in just about 4 hours and that included about a 30 min holdup and me filling every lock. We all thought that was excellent time. I had few aches afterwards in my hip, but boundlessly energetic Amanda then cycled with David back to Devizes to fetch her car, drive it approx 3 miles ahead of us and back to the boat.
David cooked supper of Mexican Beef Patties. HERE
Here are a few of Amanda's pic's as she was official photographer today.
|Entering one of the main locks on the flight side by to speed up the process.|
|The last pound at the bottom of the main flight, still like toffee papers.|
|Crew "Supervisors" working hard. pah.|
|Best view of the day.|
|Caen Hill Hair in the high winds.|