Saturday 2 August

Up at six and away by seven and it was fine when we set off but after an hour we’d donned waterproofs which we kept on for the rest of the trip.  We’d made it all the way to Gas Street Basin by 1.30pm and that included an hour’s stop to shelter from the worst of the rain.  I think this is our record number of locks in a day and probably in record time for us too, especially as quite a few were set against us and we had to empty them before we could enter.

The sun came out just as we did the last lock.   We filled up with water and then went in search of a mooring.  We’ve never seen so many boats here before but one boat spotted us looking and the skipper said he would be moving in two minutes.    Safely moored up opposite the NIA, the sun stayed  out long enough to dry the washing before another brief shower after which the sun shone for the rest of the afternoon.



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