We left Stratford basin on Tuesday morning. It was quite early but Mystique III had got away ahead of us. Through the very low road bridge and into the first lock. Or so we thought. Oakapple grounded on the cill. We took a run at it. We tugged on the ropes. Eventually with the help of a rather large bystander we got her into the lock! I blame the trip boats in the basin, going onto the river every 20mins. all day and lowering the water levels. Once we got moving it was a very pleasant day. Warm but comfortable. We just kept going and 11 hrs. later we arrived at Lowsonford. We found Mystique III there, hooting and waving, giving us a great welcome. After attempting to moor in a space further on, too shallow, we backed up to the pub moorings opposite, too shallow, eventually settling half on the lock mooring. The Captain was pleased to show off his reversing skills. By this time there were quite a lot of boaters watching so, good job he didn't disgrace himself! We had another great evening with Kev & Julie, this time on board Mystique.
Yesterday we followed Kev & Julie up the first part of the Lapworth flight as far as Kingswood junction where we finally said farewell as they were going on up towards Birmingham. We cut through onto the grand union canal and Eventualy moored above Hatton locks, ready for our run into the Saltisford arm in Warwick this morning.
A very misty start today at 8.00am. but the sun came out as we started the flight and we managed it in three and a half hours. A couple of friendly lockies helped us through a few of the locks on their way to assist five hire boats full of school kids going up the flight. I always dread doing Hatton but usually enjoy it when we get there. It was a red hot day by the time we moored in Saltisford and we soon headed for Wetherspoons curry club and of course, wifi.