The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


Off at last! After saying goodbye to all in Cambridge, and making the boat ready, I set off, making good progress in bright sunshine and getting waves or cheery hoots from passing craft.

I passed through Baitsbite and Bottisham locks. At Baitsbite I was charged 40 pence to go through, so I did not tip the lock keeper, as he seemed to be making quite a living as it was. He was very quick at his task, however, and in a few minutes I was through the drop of about 4 feet.

Bottisham was altogether different, and as far as I know, quite unusual; it has a guillotine gate at the top, and pointed doors at the bottom. The top gate was electric, and the bottom gate driven by a petrol motor.

I decided to miss going up the "lodes" which turn off to the right soon after the lock. This was just as well, because I ran out of fuel about 2 miles short of Ely - I had used a whole gallon from Cambridge to Ely; it will be expensive if it continues like this!


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