Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:23
Alongside Fort Augustus, Caledonian Canal
Wind: light variable
Weather: sunny, warm
Yesterday's fresh breeze hurried us up Loch Lochy and through the lock at it
top end, including a few moments of melodrama as I messed
up getting alongside, first the pontoon just before the lock and then
getting into the lock itself. Oh well, sometimes when things that I feel should not go wrong do go wrong my nautical ego gets the better of me. Life it seems is always a work in progress.
Despite the problems no damage was done and at 5.30 pm we were alongside a
small place called Laggan, the highlight of which was a pub-restaurant
housed in a canal barge. Down below the atmosphere was very relaxing, lots
of nautical paraphernalia including a couple of magnificent ship models and a
generally charming décor with very friendly owners. I tried a couple of local
beers then Thomas and I returned the short distance back along the pontoon to Sylph.
This morning we woke to a glorious day, the sun shining and calm,
a great day for motoring if you have to. We departed Laggan at 7.45 and have
since negotiated Lock Oich and a couple of canals such that we made
Fort Augustus by 10.45. Once this is written we will be exploring the
environs, maybe here I can solve our propane supply problem.
Just beyond the next set of lock gates is Loch Ness - tomorrow some monster
All is well.
The noisy beast started growling under the floor boards again but now is
quiet. The sun is shining so a day on the sundeck might be in order ..
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