Tooty woke us up at 6.00am and we made a cup of tea before we got ready to set off. We left at 6.45am and crept past the boats on our way to the services. We are always happy with Derwent6 and its cocooned engine which keeps the noise levels down.
At the services we were able to top up with water, get rid of our rubbish and also do a manual pump out.
We hit the first lock at Atherstone just before 8.00am and they were all against us, but it was only time.
It was nice because it was a lovely temperature to be doing the flight. We found we had a boat in front of us and another one pushed off as we came out of a lock, but we chilled in the sunshine as it began to break through.
At the top it appeared to be so busy as three boats were waiting to come down. We were right, as we tried to get a mooring for Atherstone town centre but all the moorings were taken between the two bridges. We managed to get in after the bridge and was amazed Derwent6 didn't have any shallow problems.
We then carried on to find a middle of nowhere spot.
Black clouds came over, and fly screens were put away and the roof cleared for a down pour, but it never happened. In fact on the horizon we could see sunshine..