Tuesday 22nd October, 2013 at Aston Marina, Staffordshire.
Rain overnight, rain at breakfast and more rain forecast throughout the day. Just what we needed! Dawn was very grey and forbidding.
Despite one or two bursts of heavy rain, the day actually improved and it ended up being a pleasant cruise. Many of the low-lying fields were flooded after the last two weeks of continuous rain.
At Sandon lock, the very last of 356 locks this year, a C&RT chap was working nearby and came and opened the gates for us. He was out of our line of vision behind the bridge so, as we approached the lock, to our surprise the lock gates seemed to open as if by magic! He very kindly closed the gate for us as we left our very last lock of the year.
Then suddenly, almost before we knew it, we were at Aston Marina. Hooray!
Over the winter, she will come out of the water to have her hull re-blacked and a couple of minor jobs done so that she will be ready to take us on another adventure, up north this time, next year. Thank you, "Many Meetings", for a fabulous year and for all the fun we have had.
Watch out for our "diary" to resume as we start off again next year!
Today: 8 miles, 3 locks and 3.6 hours.
Trip: 584 miles, 356 locks and 459.9 hours.
Since MM was launched: 1,179 miles, 836 locks and 961.4 hours.