|The meadow near Guildford.|
Wow, those canoeists start early. 6.30am and FS started bouncing so yet another early rise for us. But it got us up to start stripping the roof because today we were going to attempt to get under the 6 foot Broadford Bridge. If we wanted to get to Godalming it was the only way. So flower boxes were removed as well as the Omni aerial with my duck family. The highest point then was the horn and to remove that would not have been easy. But Ian measured and measured again and said we should have a few inches clearance. So it was with some trepidation that we set off. Seeing the bridge in the distance I had doubts that we would fit and right up to the point where the horn drew level, I still had doubts. Ian's cry of "It's going to be alright" allayed my fears somewhat and yes he was correct. If the river levels had been higher than we would have had to abandon the whole idea but with Eureka ringing in my ears from Ian as he appeared from his crouched position and back into daylight, it was a relief that it was over.
At Unstead lock, the landing was in the process of being repaired. A temporary pontoon was in place but boaters beware. Sharp edges just the right height to damage the gunnel was present. Large fenders deployed before Ian went to drain the lock.
Then the men returned to work. Look at that...no life jackets and grinding inches away from bare legs. Health and safety would have a field day!
Approaching Catteshall Lock and the channel full of hire boats. Lucky for us the lock was open and welcomed us in. Just a tricky manoeuvre to get Ian off the boat and in I sailed.
Godalming was chocker. No space for us to moor on the road side so it was find a space on the towpath side and then walk to the next bridge to cross the river. Amazed at the size of Godalming. Thought it to be a small hamlet type place but no it was huge. Plenty of charity shops for us to browse. More DVD's was needed for when there was nothing on the TV. Found several that would do very nicely.
|Only space available was the by the facilities.|
|More talking and no action was at this lock!|
And what did we see coming along the towpath? It was the horse drawn trip boat on its way back to Godalming Wharf. I feel very honoured to have seen this as only 4 such horse drawn boats are in existence today.
The moorings by the pub were still vacent so worry over. Ian went to book a table while I got the rod out to do some fishing. Plenty of good size Roach and Chub caught and not a sign of an eel. I know they are in this river because have seen several dead ones but such slimy creatures are not on my favourite list.