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. …