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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways



Saturday, 15 December 2012

We've Moved!

After spending 3 weeks here below lock 24 on the South Stratford Canal at Lapworth, we have finally made our getaway.

Yesterday the CRT guys came along at 10am and said we were free to go up the locks, they were all finished bar a bit of tidying up.  Only trouble was we couldn't.  Richard had been having trouble getting all the bits of engine back together again, and he was on his way back to have another go.  It was horrid out there for him, warmer than Thursday but wet, and after several hours he still had no joy, so it was another night there and he came back today.

All was done and dusted by 3pm this afternoon and although the sun was just setting, we were soon undoing the chains, letting go the ropes and opening the lock gate and escaping up the 3 locks to Kingswood Junction. 
The new lock gates are complete with new their new plaques......
First stop the services to empty the loo and fill up the water tank oh and pick up some bags of coal waiting for us there too. All set and we crawled through the Lapworth link and onto the Grand Union Canal towards Hatton. Now it was dark, so pins in and we were tied up again just across the field from where we have been, a bit closer to the railway, but we shall not be here long........

0.5 miles, 3 locks

6 comments:

  1. Jill, Matilda Rose15 December 2012 at 20:53

    Hooray you're out. It's a great feeling to fill that tank with water and regain your independence. Can you still remember where you were going?

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    1. Anywhere where there are no stoppages!

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  2. Jill, Matilda Rose15 December 2012 at 20:56

    PS Any bright colour for my hat please

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    1. I've got a blue version on the go. Will post a pic when finished.

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  3. Sounds like you created a bit of history, being the first boat to use the refurbished locks,

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    1. Not quite the first, there was another couple waiting too and they were ready to go Friday. :(

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