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Old 03 November 2014, 16:42   #131
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Day 8:

In the morning I wake up as a lady passes me walking her dog, she shoots me a look and carries on walking, moments later a minibus drives past full of lock keepers, all of which are staring at me???

A few seconds later there's a mans arrives taking pictures of me, just standing there, I look at him and he just carries on!!!

Pi$$ed off with whats going on, I get up and throw my sleeping bag in the boat and the cameraman's vanished so I walk off across the lock gate to the toilets passing a lock keeper who says "Morning Sir!"

I had just gone from tramp to Sir in about three seconds

On the way I met Jurgen and as we opened the door into the shower block we were greeted by a massive sign that said:

NO WILD CAMPING!

Doh
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Old 03 November 2014, 17:12   #132
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We walk down the locks to get breakfast but everywhere's closed except the butcher and Jurgen wants to go in. I explain that a butcher only sells raw meat but he's convinced otherwise...

We walk in and the butcher says "sure, what do you want?" (or the equivalent in Scottish???)

So the butcher cooks us a breakfast roll and we sit out near the lock and it's awesome

We spread the word and soon everyones getting their breakfast cooked by the butcher. Jurgen tells me this is normal in Germany.

Me, I've never heard of this before???
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Old 03 November 2014, 17:19   #133
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After a slow walk back, we are suited up, relaxed and my mate Jurgen is happy...

Now, should I, or should I not sound the foghorn???

I better not, there's too many coppers about looking for that tramp
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So we are about half way in the Caledonian Canal, the locks started to drop at 8am and then they would bring the next lot of boats up so they wouldn't be dropping again until about 11:30am.

Now we were on the second drop so we wouldn't get to Loch Ness that was about 300 yards away until about 13:15 (all times approximate).

When the second drop came we weren't the only ones that wanted to get down to Loch Ness and it was going to be tight with Blue Ray that was in pieces as Adam and Trev were working on the electric power steering pump.

At times we would have inches between the yachts and our outboards

We had to take care, hold on tight and make sure that we worked with the yachts and their crews to make sure every rope was right. If they looked after number one, the chances were that we were going to get scratched
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Old 03 November 2014, 18:32   #135
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Facebook post by East Devon (Finn):

Like being in a gold fish bowl.

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After literally bursting out of the final lock into Loch Ness it wasn't long before Duma finds the loch Ness monster and we agree that it would good to provide photographic evidence of our discovery, just incase nobody believed us...

Facebook post by by Duma:

We saw the Loch Ness monster today and have it recorded on our fish finder. Amazing or what?! Long live Nessie

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In view of our massive success (not getting caught for vagrancy) we decided to do some high speed turns

This is Finn giving it large!
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We saw the Loch Ness monster today and have it recorded on our fish finder. Amazing or what?! Long live Nessie

A bit later I found the baby monster inspecting our RIBs .

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A bit later I found the baby monster inspecting our RIBs .

That yellow monster scared the sh*t out of me!
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I tell you - these yellow monsters were everywhere - all way round Britain !!
I heard they were called the banana boys "monsters"
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