We were now very much on one of our standard runs for Chalice's home moorings. Braunston is an obvious stopover, and typically we will then stop at Blisworth or Stoke Bruerne the next day, with our final on-board night being somewhere like Fenny Stratford or Stoke Hammond.
|The second time we have passed "Dorado" on our trip.|
Whilst we were waiting we were treated to the sight of some young men on a pair of "Saisons" hire boats using their pole to push forcefully of the wooden cabins of some moored boats, with obvious damage being done. We looked at their smashed off tunnel light to, and wondered how they would be tackling the tunnel ahead. Curiously they asked if they would be able to get their boats in the locks together - this seemed a bit odd, as they must have already come through the 13 locks they were about to tackle in the other direction. For some reason the two boats stopped sharing locks at one point, and we ended up in a lock with them - an arrangement that fortunately didn't last long when a boat ahead saw us coming, and re-opened bottom gates to let us in!
We see some highly skilled hire boaters very regularly on our travels, but occasionally you get a set that are an accident waiting to happen. This lot were in the latter category.
|These fenders struggle to fit anywhere at all.|
|Out of harm's way!|
|Blisworth tunnel - nearly out.|
We had vowed that Braunston would be our last meal out, but after arriving as late as we did, Cath said she really didn't fancy cooking, and "the Boat" ended up providing us with some really rather good food.
Braunston to Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 20.6, Locks: 13
Total Miles: 382.3, Total Locks: 363