Day 69: Leicester at last!

September 12th, 2010

I’m in Leicester! The city council have kindly provided a floating pontoon with secure gates from the Castle Gardens, and there was plenty of space on it. Mike and I arrived at about 3pm, and he took the train back to Ipswich, poor chap. Our afternoon cruise through the outskirts of Leicester included a canoeing race near Thurmaston (meeting kayakers three abreast in a bridgehole was quite exciting!) and possibly the most litter-strewn section of canal I’ve ever cruised (between Belgrave and Limekiln locks). But we’re here – this was the aim of the trip – and I’ll probably be here until Monday now. I’m meeting my supervisor on Wednesday, so we’ll see what he makes of the thesis…

Day 69: Sileby Lock to Leicester (Castle Gardens), 9 miles and 8 locks.
Total so far: 734 miles, 540 locks, 481 litres of diesel, 4 gas cylinders and 108 rashers of bacon!

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