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CribBlog August 21 The Devizes locks

We have been looking forward to this bit of the journey for some time, the twenty nine locks of the Caen Hill flight. A long day, in the hot sun, but quite an experience.

We spent our first night moored near to the Barge Inn at Honey Street. This was so we could get alien support for our lock-wheeling planned for the morrow in the crop circle pub of the year. As they say, 'Greetings earthlings and welcome to the Barge Inn, “Crop Circle Central” and “Most Famous Pub in the Universe”'.

Margaret very kindly brought the makings for our evening meal. This was beef stroganoff planned in honour of the time that Betty and I had taken her six months pregannt self on her first ever camping trip to Anglesey. We served beef stroganoff from the camp stove then and Margaret has never forgotten it as the recipe is to be found in their family recipe book. This was also to be her first overnight stay on Cribbit, its hard to say just what she thought it would be like.


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Moored where Jason and Cristina left her, at Honey Street.


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Inside the Barge Inn


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Even the billiard table has a crop circle..


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Not to mention the ceiling. Terry and I partook of Croppie beer and Margaret had Area 51 cider


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Bit shallow so we needed the galactic barge pole to push off


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Jim left his car in the visitor centre carpark and walked to meet us. The perfect pick-up point at bridge 135.


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Terry points out the tank traps on the bridge.


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There were a lot of scenes like this on our way down the flight.


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Helped on our way by gongoozlers Lucy and Chris. Thanks for the pics Lucy..


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Last chance for lunch before the main flight.


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Our lunch stop enabled the broad beam ahead of us to get clear and we were able to pick up a companion to share the labour.


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r Jennifer, Paul and Leo join the crew


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Ben takes the helm.


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He is soon left in charge.


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Journey's end, for now.


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Very soft ground low down so long warps double pinned.



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