|Held up in the Marsworth flight.|
|Moving again after CRT have put some more water back.|
|The "troublemakers" gather in Berkhamsted - "Sickle" and "Jenlyn".|
|This hire boat is taking 4 weeks to do the Thames Ring - Expensive option!|
|"Sickle" further South than we have previously been with her.|
|The "Rising Sun"|
At "Bushes" lock at Northchurch they did what so many people seem to do. Or more accurately they must have done it before "Bushes" lock, because having left the last lock just behind us, we waited, and they never arrived at the next. I simply don't understand if you are sharing locks and someone intends to drop out before the next one why they can't tell you. But they didn't,and after a wait we pressed on.
|"Sickle" passes "Holland" ("France" is following "Holland").|
We knew we wanted to get as far as possible today, and though Apsley might be feasible, despite the morning's late start. It was and we pressed on, finally completing 28 locks for the day - maybe not a lot to those younger and/or fitter, but we are out of practice. We rewarded our efforts with a an excellent meal at "Calzone". Initially they said they couldn't fit us in, but eventually agreed, and said they would send someone to "Sickle" and knock on the cabin - now that's a first for us, particularly as it was by then raining!
|Old Fishery Bridge, near Boxmoor.|
|Moving between the Hunton Bridge locks.|
By Sunday we were well over half way to destination, but knew we had no car at "Ricky", and that I would somehow have to use a combination of bike and railway to get home to fetch a car, and this might take some time, so again we tried to progress at a good pace.
However yesterday's remaining bread had dried out, and lunch was in some doubt. The canal quide shows a stores at Hunton Bridge, but neither of us could recall ever having seen one. The good news is that there is, and it was open, so lunch was assured. We also made a stop slightly further on for a purchase at the aquatic centre - don't ask, but we don't actually keep anything aquatic!
After this I was aware someone was catching us up after our multiple stops, so we waited at Cassiobury locks, and the small tug "Storm" appeared. She was "Ricky" bound as well, and wewere able to work together through the remaining locks. By now the weather was deteriorating - well I was about to try cycling from "Ricky" to Watford Junction!
|"Sickle" and "Storm" - Iron Bridge lock, Cassiobury Park|
And I still had not only to go to "Ricky" to collect Cath, but we also needed to retrieve the other car from where we had set off on Friday evening. The "non-boating" bits are the hard ones - the boating seems relatively straightforward by comparison!
Fenny Stratford to Cooks Wharf (Grand Union)
Miles: 21.7, Locks:46