Here I am Rune
Distance 11.4 miles
Total 4701 Locks 313 Tunnels
Running total mileage 7,015.2 miles
We managed to hit the target of getting to Nottingham today, not sure how long we’ll stay but since we aren’t on the visitor moorings the limit is 14 days although we wont be staying anywhere near that long.
Curious kind of day today, we seem to have passed a volunteer lock keeper who was clearly having a bit of a bad day at Stoke Lock. We had followed a cruiser along towards the lock and as we approached another cruiser came out saying, “Just in time, the lock is open and ready for you”. The cruiser ahead of us steered into the lock and we were about 50yards behind and following him in….except that as he entered the lock, the green light turned red and the gates began to close. I sounded the horn several times to no avail so had to take the option of mooring on the lock mooring. I walked up to see if the lock was being operated by a boater, but no there was a volunteer lock keeper on duty. I mentioned to him that he’d shut us out of the lock but all he could say was that he hadn’t seen us, fair enough. So after the 20 minute wait while he filled and then re-emptied the lock we then steered in followed immediately behind by another cruiser. There was a bit of a swirling current in the lock and, whilst I managed to get the stern line around the riser, getting the front in was for some reason a bit more problematic, so I was concentrating on that. What I wasn’t aware of until an almighty crash behind us was that as soon as we had entered the lock, the lockie had started shutting the bottom gates, the crash was as the cruiser behind us was trapped between the closing gates! I kind of feel some relief that we’d had the gates shut on us since it is preferable to being trapped between the closing gates.
All in all it took us about 45 minutes to get through Stoke Lock but since we had plenty of time it didn’t really make that much difference to the outcome for the day.
So we now have a few days in which to check out Nottingham, OH is going to the Record Office to do some research and I’ll probably go for a swim, or do a bit of ice skating, or both.