An easy half day, leaving Caen Hill at around 12pm after buying a bell for my bike in Devizes and having my lunch.
As you may have read, I fixed the engine myself.
Believe it or not, it actually runs better now.
In the new smoother Bonnie, I took off through the gates of Caen Hill along my merry way.
It wasn’t long before I hit some locks. There’s just so many of them on this canal.
When I went to park the boat before the locks, so I could operate the paddles and open the gates, there was a 60ft wide beam sitting, covering all the bollards.
I thought ‘they may be in the locks’, unlikely. As I approached, it became clearer they weren’t in the locks. The boat was abandoned. Just left close to the locks, with a sign in the window with a phone number on it.
As I pulled up, there was no-where to put my boat, and I had to tie it to the side of this widebeam whilst I negotiated the lock.
The only other drama of the day was having a row with this other boater about going into a lock alone when we had queued up together.
He offered no kind of explanation, just that he wasn’t letting me into the lock.
I opened the lock gate anyway. Just as things were escalating nicely, his wife approached.
“We’ve got kids here”, in the hope of not causing a scene in front of them.
“I don’t care”, I said, “It’s a double lock, you can easily fit two boats in, I don’t see any reason why you should lock down alone.”
At least she offered some kind of explanation “4 times in the last 2 days, we’ve locked down with people and bumped boats on exiting the locks. I just don’t want it to happen again”.
Well, it sounds a bit lame, but at least it was plausible.
I’ve never queued up with someone, helped them with the locks for them to jump in and lock down alone.
I took the excuse/explanation and left them to their locking.
Didn’t see them again.
Didn’t see any point in taking it any further than a couple of miles.
I’m going to get cycling again once it’s in the marina, which should be in the next couple of days.
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