As we approached Tyrley Locks Lin said she would steer TQ, I would operate the locks. OK fair enough. Well, at the first lock there was trouble, we couldn't get TQ in, she was almost all the way in but it was the last five feet. "More power" I said, but to no avail, she wouldn't go in. "OK, reverse back.... keep going.... back further.... OK, that'll do, now go forward.... more power.... keep going.... there you go, you're in". There was something under the water but we got over it.
Through the first lock, into the next, and oh no, the very strong by-wash pushed the bow to the left against the bank and the stern onto a hidden rock under the water. TQ was well and truly stuck; we tried everything to get us afloat, even letting more water through to fill the pound wouldn't do it because it was running out of the next by-wash.
Eventually we managed to get her free and I reversed back some way and took a fast run up to the lock entrance pointing the bow into the cross flow of the by-wash and putting on loads of opposite tiller right at the last second. TQ went into the lock like a rat up a drain pipe. How newbies manage with hire boats I don't know.
|Tyrley Top Lock.|
|They have high bridges round yer|
|They're having some work done.|
|This is the famous Bridge 39 in Grub Street Cutting|
We actually stopped for lunch just after Norbury Junction, it's not something we usually do, having lunch "on the fly" is our thing, but we thought as we started out early today we'd treat ourselves.
Hot dogs with mustard and a tin of San Miguel. Now there's a major danger of crashing for the rest of the afternoon, but no, we go up off our bums and carried on as we heard there is rain on the way.
Soon after we left, the rain started, slow at first and gradually became heavier so we looked for a place to moor. Our spot we bagged earlier in the week was occupied so we pressed on until we found the first length of respectable pilings. Most are plain concrete edges or what looks like railway line bolted to concrete slabs, neither of which are much use for mooring. At last we found some on the end of a cutting with a reasonably dry tow path and the hooks went in. Added bonus, reasonably good interwebby too.
Lucy had another belly full of chicken again:-
|I tired, I sleep Zzzzzzzz!|
Steady on Lucy, you nearly turned inside out.