Day 30 (6th Oct 2013) – Devizes to Semington:

Locks, locks and more locks today. The crew stayed aboard ‘Hannah’ as they attacked the Caen Hill flight at Devizes in Wiltshire. The most impressive were the 16 locks down Caen Hill which the boys and girls did in a respectable 2 hours 2 minutes. New skipper Bobby from the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust was taking over for the day with John, Trevor and Tony from the Bruce Trust. Lock rookies David and Daughter Isabella along with newbies Chris and Charlotte joined the more seasoned hands for the long slog of opening and closing sluices and gates down the hill.

The crew got down to Foxhanger lock in about 3 hours and Justin, Curtis and Charlotte took to the kayaks to push on to Semington. Stevo decided to stay with the support boat pleading exhaustion from his heroic efforts down the flight. There were still another seven locks along the way to Semington and while pulling the kayaks around a set of five Curtis managed to flip his boat and avoided sending a young lady on a cycle into the canal by a couple of inches. Eventually the ‘Hannah’ caught up with the others and bid farewell to Bobby, John and Trevor and hello to new skipper Mike who would be taking them through to Bristol. They were then rejoined by Terry of the Trent, returning to do the final two days after guiding Justin trough the tidal Trent even after badly twisting his pelvis. A couple of sessions with his chiropractor had re-aligned his pelvis so he was back towards full health.

Alice prepared another of her famous curries for the crew to enjoy, followed by a walk to the Somerset Arms pub for a late debrief.


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