A lovely early morning as we entered Claydon Bottom Lock, the first of five Claydon locks.
The light at this time of year has a special quality and, not for the first time, the scenery looked as if it came straight out of a Constable painting.
Tuesday was MM's sixth birthday and by mid-morning, we were at Atherstone with its flight of 11 locks. M was thrilled to see nb "Harry" in the top lock and had time to chat with Vicki Blick, who was steering. She and her husband Kevin are both regular contrubutors to Canal Boat Magazine. Vicki writes the cookery column and, like M, cooks on board every day.
The last day of our "Big Push" treated us to a spectacularly colourful sunrise.
We cruised with the two boats together, each boat crew taking it in turns to set each lock for the other. At Colwich Lock, MM was moored up to set the lock for "Inkling".
This year's Trip: 574 miles, 432 locks and 336.2 hours.
Since MM was launched six years and two days ago: 3,165 miles, 2,210 locks and 2350.2 hours.