Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th April
|Joshers "The King" and "Lynx"|
|"The King" (right) was originally a steamer.|
|Waiting for the second lock down the flight.|
On arrival at Stoke Bruerne "Max" got very excited - this was something new - getting on the boat at one interesting place, but now arriving somewhere new and at leat equally interesting. He really seemed to be enjoying it, and, of course if "Max" was enjoying it, then so was "Odin"!
|Navigation pub in the background|
|Dogs at rest - Max (left) & Odin (right).|
|On the way back up|
We had already decided that "Flamingo" would be taken at least part way down the locks to turn it, (not being possible at the head of the locks), and as we set off to do this on Tuesday, I was quite keen to push a bit further South, to, say, Cosgrove. However I don't think either of us have fully appreciated just how exhausted recent events have left us, and in the end we sensibly decided to turn at the first available pound, after you have passed 4 locks down the flight. Four down-hill locks, followed by a passage back up through them should easily establish how "Max" would behave. In fact he didn't disappoint at all, and at each lock Cath tethered both dogs somewhere safe as we locked though. Both were so comfortable with this, that on the passage back up, "Odin" was recognising the point he had waited at each lock on the way down, and asking for them to sit in the same place going back up!
|Filling up with wsater.|
We decided to spend another evening at Stoke Bruerne, and not set off home until the Wednesday. We walked the dogs again, this time up over the tunnel mouth and across fields, before walking on leads back down the road to the bridge at the top lock. "Max" is very good on a lead, whereas "Odin" still needs to be reminded he has to walk to heel. We really should walk on pavements more often to drum the correct behaviour into "Odin".
|I still can't quite believe how long it looks!|
|At least 5 former working boats in this picture|
|"Midlands and Coast" motor "Jubilee" in background.|
|Yes, this boat really is based on a shipping container!|
|Simply add a basic hull, and front doors!|
High House Wharf, Weedon to Stoke Bruerne & Return
Miles: 21.3, Locks: 8, Dogs: 2 (both at start and at finish!)