So here am I, setting out in the rain.
It looks miserable. Thats because it really WAS miserable. Here is a section of the river we had to power through before getting into the canal itself.
This would be a lock on the canal.
And me, intrepidly steering a multi thousand dollar piece of machinery into a teensy tiny lock.
The lock is always accompanied by a narrow little footbridge. The opening at the right side is for overflow from above. That creates a sideways current which is calculated to gray a few hairs.
The lock gates seem to have their own eco systems.
How exciting. I didn't know quite HOW exciting it would become.