Kew: Hanbury Junction to Worcester, Friday 27th June 2014
For the last few locks of the trip David invited me to steer. This meant that he could get his bike out and do some lockwheeling himself. At Gregory's Mill Bottom Lock David lowered his bike onto the boat, but we were descending possibly a little too quickly. Before I had time to whip my camera out there was a crash - and the bike had disappeared.
Before this incident another strange thing happened. We were pootling along nicely, when a boat pulled out just in front of us and proceeded to reverse, slowly, in our direction. The man steering it must have had a very good reason for doing this, but I don't know what it was. We had to stop and drift into the bushes while he completed his manoeuvre. No, we weren't in a hurry but, surely, he could have waited a few seconds for us to pass. In the bridge hole he hopped off and pulled his boat in to a mooring there. Perhaps he just wanted to be sure that we weren't going to nick it ourselves.
Walkies again - This weekend my Ramblers group offered another suitable walk - actually on the short side, at six miles, but with some interesting terrain (and lots of mud...
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