Friday 11th August 2017 in Royal Leamington Spa.
Before dawn, the view was breathtakingly beautiful. The mist was still lingering over the water and in the valley, and the reflections in the still water were lovely.
A notice by the top lock of the Hatton flight gave instructions and we obediently waited for another boat to share the lock. This was also partly out of self interest because it is a lot easier to do the flight with at least three people.
It was quickly clear that Arthur was very experienced and so we breasted up the two boats, Arthur drove them both with MM's engine switched off, R worked each lock and M walked ahead to prepare the next lock.
Today: 9 miles, 23 locks and 3.0 hours (plus 3.5 hours with MM's engine switched off!).
Trip: 186 miles, 187 locks and 136.2 hours.