Adrian's train from London was about 20 minutes late last night. He got a taxi from the station, and I walked along the tow path to meet him at the bridge with a torch.
This morning, we got underway before 9am, with Chance close behind. As we arrived at Hillmorton Locks, Free Spirit, was just leaving the bottom lock, so we had a brief bloggers chat. It meant the bottom lock was ready for us, and there was also a boat coming down behind. The next two locks were ready for us, but we had to turn them for Chance.
It was a lovely sunny morning, although rather windy and chilly at times. After a while, Adrian got off at a bridge hole and jumped on board Chance, to make up for the chatting he missed yesterday.
At Braunston, we'd planned to turn in the marina entrance and moor, but spaces were scarce. It was also rather busy with moving traffic. Doug and James ended up mooring near the Stop House, while I turned and moored alongside them. We then started on a Braunston pub crawl: we walked up to the Admiral Nelson by the third lock, but their lunch menu had only big meals on it, no snacks. So after a drink, we walked into the village and had sausage baguettes at the Old Plough. On the way back, we ordered our Christmas turkey from the Braunston butcher, then called in to the chandlers at Wharf House, and the shop at the bottom lock (where I bought a plaque for the Regents Canal, to add to the collection at the stern). Then we went to Tradline Fenders, to talk about new bow and stern fenders. We ended up reversing back to the marina entrance and going in, so the Tradline guy could have a look and advise what we need. We've ordered some for collection next spring. While we were there, Chance winded and headed off to Bridge 88, and we went through the marina to the exit and followed them.
We've passed lots of other bloggers today, including Piston Broke, Skyy, and Maffi on Milly M.
This evening, we're off to Chance for dinner.
7.5 miles, 3 locks. (11 miles, 3 locks)