Very retrospective post for Friday 29th August.
Not a lot to report, really.
If we are going North from, or returning South to, the home mooring for either boat then the Grand Union South of Norton Junction is the route involved. As a consequene we normally travel the stretch we were on today many times a year.
|Straight in for a very rapid passage of Blisworth tunnel.|
Today we wanted to make good progress, but had established that an historic boat that has now been on the open market a few weeks was still unsold. It is normally in the area we would pass through, and as it might match sufficiently what we have been looking for for a while, I had arranged to view it as we passed through Blisworth.
In fact, on arrival at Blisworth a call to the owner established that it was after all still at Stoke Bruerne, and had not been moved North through the tunnel as they had planned. So, we set off again with both boats.
Now at this time of year, it is fairly unusual to get an unimpeded run through Blisworth tunnel, but as I approached there was a clear view through, with no other boat in it. This is a situation to be exploited with "Sickle" - because of the "bow swings right when stopping" characteristic described in yesterday's posting, things can get interesting when you finally see past someone's blinding headlight that they are nowhere near their side of the tunnel, and hence you don't have room to pass. But today nobody came in, and I could really ind the speed wheel right up. Whilst this may sound a bit extreme, another advantage is "Sickle's" engine smokes less when worked harder, so you are less asphyxiated by fumes if you are not forced to go through a tunnel slowly. I incidentally know how long I took, and frankly am doubtful of some of the more exorbitant claims I have seen from others about particularly fast timings - they certainly could not be achieved with "Sickle", and "Sickle" is a fairly brisk boat.
|"It has fitted at least twice before", the owner tells us.|
We very much liked many of the elements of the boat we viewed - much of which would have worked well for us. However quite a bit of it was in poorly neglected condition, (as we knew it would be), and to sort out properly looked a large and expensive project. We took lots of pictures, and went away to think about it, and do a bit more research.
|CRT might waste less electricity if they didn't run the back-pumps excessively.|
We have recently discovered that a spot a couple of bridges down from the locks provides a good overnight mooring, and, not wishing to press on longer, tied up there.
Weedon to Grafton Regis
Miles: 13.4 (Chalice), 13.4 (Sickle), Locks: 7
Total Miles: 829.5, Locks: 527