The plan was to leave early and make use of the morning tide, so the Stalwarts and I were up and about at 7. I was ready before they were, so they gave me a headstart…
The upper part of the Trent tideway is perhaps a bit less interesting. There are still very few bridges and the river becomes quite meandering. It was also getting increasingly windy. Anyway, the Stalwarts caught me up just before Cromwell Lock and we locked through together – the lock is massive, very long and deep, and the weir beside it is spectacularly huge, with great torrents of water pouring over it into the tideway. I’ve moored just above the lock, initially just to stop for a bite, but it’s become so windy (gusting 40mph) that I’d rather stay here than crack on to Newark, about five miles upstream.
I’ve also produced a first full draft of my thesis and sent it off to my supervisors for their comments, hurrah!
Day 63: Torksey to Cromwell Lock, 16 miles and 1 lock.
Total so far 672 miles and 511 locks. Thesis 19811 words and 102 pages.