|Refuelling Mayhem 1|
|Refuelling Mayhem 2|
We thought today we would easily be all the way up Stoke Bruerne locks, and would probably arrive a bit early, and hence that we would probably press on through the tunnel. The reality has been rather different, as a number of delays crept in.
|"Towcester" sets off again with "Bideford" on a seriously long line.|
We set off with me leading on "Sickle", and Cath, David and Odin on "Chalice", but knew we needed fuel, and a text to Julia on "Towcester" said she was travelling South towards us. This left us in some comical situations of trying to ensure we did not finally meet her somewhere all the boats could not pull over, including us stopping and checking ahead at a stretch that I knew was lined with other boats. As Richard and Julia also had their butty Bideford in tow, the resulting gaggle of 4 boats when we did meet caused a bit of chaos until the transaction was complete.
|Odin loves his ball|
The uncontrolled offside vegetation between Yardley Gobion and the Stoke Bruerne flight is now getting very bad - of course all is fine when nothing is coming the other way, but boats forced into the worst of it risk not just damaged paint and chimneys, but injury to those on board.
|Second lock up Stoke Bruerne flight.|
I'm not convinced we made the right decision, but equally it was not a disaster, and if you don't try, you don't find out!
|David in charge of "Chalice"|
Cath managed a considerable "over-order" on a take away meal from the excellent "Spice of Bruerne", although David is now working his way through the excess as I type. We managed two separate visits to the "Boat" wrapped around this, and Odin got a fair run-around as a result.
I am wondering though, how long the blogging can last, if I'm trying to do it late in the night, due to absence of time any earlier on!
Little Woolstone to "Long Pound", Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 14.5 (Each boat), Locks:6
Total Miles: 50.0, Locks: 21