The EA obviously heard that we were coming and have started to systematically sabotage all of their locks on the Great Ouse!
As of yesterday four locks were out of action!
St Ives Lock has been manned during the hours of 10.00am to 4.00pm and closed outside of those hours for a while now due to a fault with one of the gates but on the 7th and 8th July will be shut completely. No great misfortune there as we could have worked around that.
Until yesterday Brownshill Staunch (in the picture opposite, photo taken from Google) also developed a fault and was shut until further notice. Now this lock closure causes us more of an inconvenience as it closes our intended route up to St Ives and beyond. If this lock isn't reopened in time we need to have a route rethink.
St Neots Lock was also closed yesterday due another gate fault. Now this closure doesn't really cause us any concern as we had never intended to stray this far upstream, however unless Brownshill Staunch is reopened the last lock closure at Bottisham on the Cam may close off our Plan B route option.
It looks very much like we will just have to take cruising the Great Ouse as it comes. If locks are closed we will have to find an alternative route and destination. Adds a bit of excitement to the mix, so long as we can actually leave again after our seven visitors days are over!