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Date: 04 Jun 2006 22:17:51
Title: Siste del av kanalen / The final part of the canal.

Date: 05-06-06     Time: 20:30 UTC      Position: N56.50.54  W005.07.33   Name: Corpach 

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Idag hadde vi en lett etappe - seks sjømil ned kanalen, men gjennom tolv sluser. Slusene tok sin tid, spesielt den lengste av dem, "Neptuns trappegang", som er hele åtte sluser i serie etterfulgt av to svingbroer. Halvannen timer tar dette - og siden sluseoperatøren skulle ha lunsj før vi gikk gjennom, ble det en rolig periode midt på dagen. Nå er vi nesten helt nede ved sjøen, kun den siste slusen som skiller kanalen fra sjøen gjenstår. Det passer bra å ligge her - togstasjonen er 50m unna, og toget deres går 07:15, som er litt for tidlig spør du meg!
 
Turen gjennom kanalen har bydd på forskjellig natur, ofte innen kort avstand. Idag har vi hatt flott utsikt til Ben Nevis - Storbritannias høyeste fjell (1334m), som har en del snø på fortsatt og ligner veldig norske fjell i jotunheimen. Været har vært bra - iallfall når man ungå vinden. Igårkveld (etter at blog'en var innsendt) spiste vi middag ute i cockpit'en med en gammel myggspiral for å holde knotten vekk. Endene vi klaget over så mye for noen dager siden har fulgt oss hele veien gjennom kanalen, og de to avbildet uner var spesielt frekke idet de kom opp på badeplatformen for å tigge brødsmuler.
 
Siden Molly og Keith forlater oss imorgen, har vi vært i nabostedet Fort William for å spise. Vi var heldig og valge et sted som heter "Nummer 4", og alt var perfekt. Kan anbefales på det sterkeste. Nå er det kaffe og whisky ombord i båten.
 
 
Cheeky ducks came onboard to beg bread
 

English version

Today was an easy run down the last 6 miles of the canal - but many locks. We are now in the waiting area at the last lock - that separates the canal from the sea. Here will be our last night in fresh water for a long time. Molly and Keith are preparing to leave by the 07:15 train tomorrow - a bit early by my tastes.
 
The journey through the canal has offered widely changing scenerey, often within short distances. Today we had the magnificent view of Ben Nevis - which with its snow patches and rugged face, resembled more the mountains of Norway than the hills of the lake district with which I am more familiar. The flight of eight locks known as Neptunes staircase (picture above) took us an hour and a half, but represented more than half of the altitide we had to loose on our journey back to the sea. The temperature was quite pleasant when out of the wind this afternoon, but shorts have yet to be taken into service onboard. The ducks - who we complained so much about earlier, have been a feature of the whole canal. The picture shows two pretty brazen ones, hopping aboard the bathing platform in there attempt to beg a breadcrumb or two from us.
 
As today is our last evening together with Molly and Keith, we are taking the bus over to Fort William (3 miles away) to go out for dinner. While talking about dinner - the fry up we made yesterday eveing (eaten after the blog was sent) was truly delicious, especially as we ate in the cockpit with a clear view to Ben Nevis. The amount of wine consumed may also have contributed positively to the meal-experience.
 
The dinner was excellent - I will recomment strongly the restaurant "No. 4" in Fort William. Now we are partaking in coffee and whisky in the boat.
 
 

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