The spot where stopped last night was rather posh, going by some of the houses – but that didn’t stop the vandals.
At around 2:30 am, we were woken by a noise; as we were the only boat around, it was a bit disconcerting. The mystery was solved when John stepped off Cyan on his way to taking Rusty for a walk. Someone had dumped a lorry load of rubbish right at the entrance to a lovely woodland walk, and just beside where we were moored. Grrrr! Wished we could have snapped them doing it!
Our first lock of the day was Chertsey Lock. It was manned by two lockies, although one of them was busy cutting the grass. They were really helpful, and generous with advice regarding the area, the lock, weirs, shops, moorings. One rather helpful piece of info, is that the weirs, and the lock’s control unit (he called it a pedestal) are always on the same side.
We were lucky at our next lock, Penton Hook Lock. despite there being no lockie. We managed to sail into a generous place in the lock, while another boater worked the lock.
At our third and last lock of the day, Bell Weir Lock, we found the lock occupied with two boats descending. John climbed up the lock after he’d lashed Cyan’s centre line to a bollard, handing the end of the line to me to steady Cyan in the strong breeze. A very posh cruiser came up behind us, obviously it was going up the lock. There were three men in the boat, but the boat was skipping and jumping on the water in an alarming way. It turns out that two of the men had just bought the boat, and a trainer was teaching them for the day, with Bell Weir Lock being their ‘first’ lock. John joined in with the ‘lesson’ on how to work the locks which was great.
At the top of the lock we called it a day! We moored right next to Runnymede meadow. We might cruise a little further on tomorrow, and have an ‘easy’ day to catch up on domestic stuff.
Today we cruised 5.5 miles, and 3 locks!