We were up early and left or mooring in Shardlow at 8.30am. Four boats had already gone behind us. We got to the flood lock which was open, always a good sign.
We pulled out onto the main Trent again, and the current after all the rain let us stay on tickover as it pushed us downstream. We passed the Erewash canal entrance and then took a dogleg left where the Trent continues past the power station and wildlife.
With the engine back on Idle again it seemed very peaceful as the water calmed down. We twisted and turned through this section and it all felt very easy, very quickly we were getting used to rivers again.. But treat them with respect!
It was a bit tricky getting the pins in, but after Del smashed his hand with the mallet, they were in nice and deep.
On the way back he found a Chinese takeaway, so we put on a DVD and enjoyed our noodles and rice.
Time seemed to fly and before we knew it, it was 10.00pm, time for bed