Wind, wind and more wind!
We have been battling a gale most of today. The day started OK, bright and sunny. We did three loads of washing whilst connected to the water point, then set off about 9:00. I called the Keadby lockie who said that we would need to be there by 7:00am tomorrow in order to catch the tide. That would have been a bit of a push, so we booked in for Thursday at 8:00 instead.
As we approached the first lock the sun was in my eyes and I didnt see that the light was on “red” (stop) rather than “amber” (boater operated). Then I saw why, out of the lock came a very large gravel barge!
The wind was blowing really strongly as we made our way along the New Junction Canal. Here there is a series of lift & swing bridges. Approaching and leaving the landing stages either side to drop off and pick up crew was extremely difficult!
Next we turned onto the Stainforth & Keadby, this a little smaller and reminded us of the Gloucester & Sharpness. A short shopping trip in Thorne then moored up for the night at about 4:30.