|Locking through Penkridge- Filance Lock|
Today I thought I'd ride my bike to Gailey with Ben the dog, while Eric steered the boat but I didn't get all the way there as I had a puncture.......it was a thorn from the hawthorn hedge. I could actually hear the hiss as the tyre went flat when I removed the twig with thorn attached. Eric stopped to put the bike back onboard and Ben and I continued on foot.
We didn't stop at Gailey for water as a boat was getting diesel so the boats were three abreast with the hire boats and us stopping would have caused havoc by blocking the canal. We stopped at Penkridge instead. We also stopped at Midland Chandlers and bought some spares for the Thetford cassettes.
The weather is certainly unsure what to do, we've had heavy rain and cold winds interspersed with a few spells of sunshine. Eric found it cold on the back of the boat and the wind didn't make boating easy but we worked through ten locks today and moored up near Acton Trussell where a hedge protected us from the wind.