I like to think I'm becoming a moderately experienced boater, but for one thing. I must have done easily a thousand locks, crossed the feared Walton maelstrom to enter the Wey navigation, made the dreaded tidal dash from Salters Lode to Denver, and rounded the impossible Briggate bend at Whittlesey on the middle levels. But there's one simple thing I have never had cause to attempt. Until now that is.
Provided we're not iced in on Friday I have to take Herbie single handed through a wide Grand Union lock. Cowley.
I've seen it done lots of times and different people use different techniques, so it'll be fun to have a go. Some people haul the boat in on a rope, others aim the boat at the lock and jump off at the last second. I think I'll opt for the easiest, but not the quickest way. Moor up the boat, open the lock, get back on the boat and drive in, climb out up the lock ladder etc.
I'm quite looking forward to it. Of course it might be spoiled by someone else going up at the same time.
Kath will be joining me on Friday night at Uxbridge, where I suspect we may find ourselves in the Swan and Bottle. Then on Saturday it looks like Rick and David will join us to take Herbie up to Rickmansworth. 17 minutes by car three and three quarter hours by boat :-)