Monday 18/04/2011 Clonmacnoise - Lanesborough - Clondara Lock
Motto of the day: A sunny Lough Ree
The morning is bright.
We drive further upstream under a glorious blue sky.
We see groups of swans again. The Mute Swan becomes sexually mature in the third or fourth year of his life. The years before then they cluster in flocks.
After all the small locks on the Barrow the week before, the lock in Athlone looks huge now in our view.
The wind is moderate when we cross Lough Ree.
After lunch break, staff of ESL use our boat to bring a hire boat from the floating jetty to the quay below the bridge where they can lift the broken engine. Silverline has given permission for this manoeuvre and we have too.
On our way upstream we see a proud young fisherman catching a pike.
Below Clondara Lock lies a sunken boat in the entrance of the Camlin River. Liam Cox, the lockkeeper, arrives after a while and locks us through. With his permission we stay above the lock for the night.
Some young adults arrive and jump into the water below the lock.
We watch the boats on the Shannon going upstream and downstream through Tarmonbarry lock and enjoy the nice view.
Shannon Airport Max 17.8°C Min 6.7°C Rainfall 0 mm Sun hours 10.1
Length of the trip: 7 1/2 hours