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Quote of the day No 369
Friday 27 November 2015
On our fifth and last day we commenced the day's journey in somewhat threatening weather, which afterwards developed into a heavy rainstorm, but cleared up, and then we had a fine afternoon. Reading was our destination, with 12 miles and 12 locks, and although we had not the sunshine we were compensated by a fine breeze aft, of which we were not slow to take advantage, and as we sailed along under such pleasant conditions the sensation was ideal. The scenery all down that stage, if not imposing, is very pleasing. The Kennet is rather tortuous about here; as one keeps meandering round the bends fresh views are brought before one at every turn, thereby making it very interesting navigation. So ended our trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal. All through our journey we had the singular misfortune, or call it a coincidence, to have, with one exception or so, every lock against us - i.e., closed. This, of course, meant a serious impediment to our progress and a loss of many hours each day. After our many experiences, we think, taking it all round, that we enjoyed this canal as much as any we had yet traversed, passing, as we did, through fine country, where we got many grand views. The lock-keepers on this canal we found to be a particularly good class of' men, extremely obliging, and willing to assist under any circumstances, whether early or late-as we some times were. One thing that struck us was the fact of their long term of service, as we were told that nearly all the men had been on the same duty from 20 to 40 years - truly a remarkable record. To the officials of the G.W.R., both at London and Bath, we, have to tender our best thanks for their kindness and courtesy: they did everything possible to facilitate our progress, even to the extent of advising men to be ready at the locks and drawbridges.
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