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Quote of the day No 267

Saturday 19 August 2017

A few miles beyond we left the Soar for the last time and plodded on up to Foxton. Although the countryside was beautiful once again, it was largely obscured by heavy rain of great penetrating power. Dusk found us in the middle of the last flight of locks, being goaded along by a British Waterways engineer who wished to padlock the top lock as soon as we had cleared it. He and I would simultaneously drop our bicycles in the grass and, from opposite sides of each chamber, gaze morosely back through the rain, waiting for Swan’s headlight and the quickening pulse of the engine to signify her departure from the previous lock. Working up these flights had been a slow process, as practically all gate paddles had been allowed to fall into disrepair and had often been removed altogether. Each lock took an age to fill, and from time to time the gear was of a non-standard size. This would add an extra straw to the lock wheeler’s burden. Soaked and grumbling he would have to return down the towpath for a smaller windlass and cycle forward yet again through long wet grass and a path which was scarcely discernible in the murky light.

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