We came up to Brinklow last night, arriving at around 7pm. It had been a really warm day, and the boat was sweltering so we didn't light the fire. It got quite cold overnight, though.
This morning started with a car shuffle. We're moving marinas this weekend, so I took a car down to our destination. I was met there by our friends Brian and Mike, who are joining us for the trip, and they brought me back to Brinklow. We got the boat ready to cruise, and set off at just before 10am, in convoy with Doug and James on Chance.
It was an uneventful journey through Rugby, and a boat was just coming out of Hillmorton bottom lock when we got there so Chance went straight up. There were other boats coming down, so it was a case of one up one down right up to the top lock.
We stopped above the locks for lunch, eaten on Chance's back deck, in glorious sunshine.
We set off again after lunch, and continued for a couple of hours. The popular mooring places are beginning to fill up, so where in the winter we'd have been on our own, there were already quite a few boats. Our two boats eventually stopped just through Bridge 87, with a view of Braunston Church over the hedge.
Tonight, we're all getting together for dinner, with responsibilities for each course taken by a different couple. In the meantime, we've got the chairs out on the towpath, James is cleaning Chance, and I might even get the Brasso out again.
12 miles, 3 locks.