In the end, there was not a lot of traffic and after 4 locks and a few bridges we tied up in Meppel which seems a nice place. We'll stay here tomorrow and get the bikes out as the surroundings are very pretty and suitable for cycling.
The promised pictures:
In a very quiet 'passantenhaven' in Assen
Saskia and Harrie came for dinner
Some of the locks on the Drenthse Hoofdvaart are manually operated