Glorious spring weather has made this trip magic so far. We’ve cruised north on the Grand Union canal, and down the 10 staircase locks at Foxton. Then a detour into Market Harborough, where Tim and Sheila worked out (finally) how to operate swing bridges. A great walk about in the town, a few provisions, and then back to boating.
We toured north again, and Tim and Sheila got a good workout with the wide locks, heavy paddles, and big gates. The locks are also spread-out, so a good couple of days of jogging between them. We moored overnight in Wistow, just opposite an old medieval town site (not much to see of that, but a pretty church tucked into the edge of the meadow). Very pastoral and peaceful. Then on to Leicester, where we are moored on the pontoon in the center of the city. A real contrast to yesterday! Rowers, their coxwains bellowing commands, greeted us this morning. Last night, the Friday revellers in this university town, provided background ‘music’. We’ll be glad to move on, back to the peace of the
River Soar. Tim was able to drive through Husbands-Bosworth tunnel, while Sheila steered through Saddington tunnel. Both are developing great boat-handling skills. (means (I can just sit back
and enjoy the ride…)